- 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
What kinds of questions should I ask the researcher?
As a participant, you are a partner in the study. It is important that you know what is likely to happen during the study and the purpose of the research.
One good way to find out about whether you want to participate is to ask the researcher questions. Below are some ideas about what to ask. Feel free to add your own questions.
- Why do you want me in your study?
- What is the research about? How will this research help doctors treat or understand my disorder?
- How might this study help me, my relatives, or other people with my disorder?
- Will taking part in this study affect my daily life?
- What are the standard treatments for my illness or condition?
- What is likely to happen to me without a new treatment?
- Are there risks for me if I participate? If so, what are they?
- Will this study involve any change in my medications?
Remember to ask again if you would like further explanation or if you did not understand the answer you received. You are entitled to understand! If you forget to ask a question or forget the answers to the questions, ask again. It is part of the researcher’s job to help you understand.