About Clinical Research
Do you have questions about joining a clinical research study?
Here are some common questions and answers about study participation.
What are clinical research studies (trials)?
Clinical research studies, or trials, help scientists and doctors explore whether a medical strategy, device, or medication is safe and effective for people. Before any medication can be approved and made available to the public, it must go through several phases of clinical research.
What is informed consent?
Before enrolling in a clinical trial, you must sign an Informed Consent Form (ICF). The ICF contains written information about the study, including study goals, how long the study will last, benefits and risks, and the tests and procedures you will receive. This is to ensure that you have a full understanding of the trial and what will happen to you if you decide to participate in the trial. Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time if you so wish. You should ask your doctor or the study doctor about any and all questions that you have about the clinical trial and consider taking time to think it over and/or discuss with family or friends.
What does study participation involve?
Study participation usually involves visiting a clinic regularly, taking or receiving an investigational drug, and undergoing tests and procedures to monitor your health. You can still see your regular doctor, but you should let them know that you are participating in a study.
How are clinical trials being conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact clinical trials in different ways.