Deciding if a Clinical Trial is Right For You

It is important to weigh your options carefully when deciding whether or not to participate in a clinical trial. Take the time to fully understand the clinical trial and weigh the potential benefits and risks before you decide to participate. A clinical professional will take the time to discuss the clinical trial option with you and should answer any questions you have. A participant informed consent will be provided to you which includes detailed information about the study. By signing the consent form you are agreeing to participate, although consent may be withdrawn at any time.

After the initial discussion about a clinical trial, you may want to take the informed consent form home to review, potentially discuss with your family members, and create a list of questions to ask. Someone from the research team should contact you when you've had sufficient time to review the information to determine whether or not you are interested in participating.  Before participation you should make sure that your questions have been addressed to your satisfaction. Once you have read the informed consent and discussed the study with your healthcare professional, you should have answers to the basic questions listed here.

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