Common questions

Before deciding to join a clinical trial, it’s important that you understand what it means to participate and you can make an informed decision. Below are some common questions and answers about clinical research studies. You may also find it helpful to talk with your doctor before making a decision to participate.

arrow-down Who can participate?

Every year, thousands of people take part in clinical trials. Some of these trials need healthy volunteers and others need participants with a particular disease or condition. All participants are important because without them, the development of new medicines couldn’t continue. All clinical trials have rules about who can participate, called Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria. Factors that allow someone to participate in a clinical trial are Inclusion Criteria.

Those that disqualify someone from participating are called Exclusion Criteria. These criteria are based on things such as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria are developed with much thought and consideration. They are necessary to prove whether medicines work or not in a specific patient population and reduce risk by making sure the right participants enter the trial. These criteria are applied to all potential participants equally before they start the trial.

arrow-down Should I Participate?

arrow-down Will I get paid to participate in a clinical trial?

arrow-down How do I find out if I qualify for a study near me?

arrow-down What can I expect?

arrow-down What is informed consent?

arrow-down How will I be protected?

arrow-down What are the risks?

arrow-down Will I be able to leave the clinical trial?

arrow-down What happens after the trial?