- Purpose of this document
- What is clinical research?
- Why do people choose to participate in research?
- What are the different types of clinical research?
- What are the risks and benefits of participating in research?
- What rights do I have?
- What are the possible financial costs?
- Who can participate in clinical research?
- What is randomization?
- What is informed consent?
- What else should I consider?
- How do researchers make sure that participants are safe?
- What kinds of results will come from the research?
- How can I enroll in clinical research?
- What kinds of questions should I ask the researcher?
- For more information on clinical research and clinical trials
How can I enroll in clinical research?
As a starting point for information on NIMH research studies, visit the NIMH Web site. NIH also maintains a database that includes information on clinical trials. Visit the NIH Clinical Trials databaseExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer.. This Web site provides information on Federally funded and other clinical trials.
On clinicaltrials.govExternal Link: Please review our disclaimer., a contact person and phone number or e-mail address is usually listed with each study description. Information about clinical studies is also sometimes advertised in local newspapers, magazines or on radio and television.
For a clinical study that you may have heard about or seen advertised, you can contact the clinical trial or study coordinator. You can find this information in the description. Your health care provider may also want to talk to this person about your health conditions. The first step after finding out about a study is to set up a screening appointment. During this appointment, researchers will ask you questions and may test you to see if you meet the needs of the study.