Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The following frequently asked questions will provide you with detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to your health care provider, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After you have identified some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.
- What is a clinical trial?
- Why should you volunteer?
- How does a clinical trial work?
- Making your decision
- Your first visit
What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies where medical professionals evaluate investigational medications under carefully controlled conditions.
A clinical trial may give you access to a study drug that your regular doctor cannot provide.
Your safety is a top priority. While you are participating in a clinical trial, doctors follow detailed study plans to monitor your health.
Your privacy is protected when you participate in a clinical research study. Your health information that is collected during a clinical trial is protected under the law and requires your written permission to be used in a study.
As a study volunteer, you have the right to discontinue your study participation at any time and for any reason.
Why should you volunteer?
By participating in a clinical trial with CNS, you may help in the development of new medical therapies. These therapies, if proven to be safe and effective, can help improve the quality of life by offering better treatments and even cures for people with life-threatening and chronic diseases.
Clinical research studies offer volunteers the benefits of free physical exams, study related medical testing and study medication. Many studies offer compensation for your time and travel and transportation is provided, if needed.
How does a clinical research study work?
The clinical testing of an investigational drug follows a carefully planned process whereby a volunteer’s safety is the top priority. Before a study medication is given to volunteers in a clinical research study, it is carefully researched in the laboratory.
Making your decision
As part of joining a clinical trial, you will meet with healthcare professionals to discuss your current condition and treatment, as well as to answer any other questions you may have. The healthcare team will assess your eligibility for a study.
Your first visit
At your first visit, the study staff will describe why the study is being conducted and how long it will last; explain what will happen at each study visit; talk about potential benefits and possible risks; and ask you to sign an Informed Consent Form.