Participating in a Clinical Trial

Considering Participation in a Clinical Trial?

Participation in a clinical trial is strictly voluntary. You may decide to participate for access to a medical treatment that is not yet available; however, remember that treatment will not benefit all patients. If you decide to participate in a clinical trial, you will be helping doctors learn more about specific conditions and treatment options which may in the future help others with the same disease.

Benefits of Participating

By participating in a clinical trial, you will get to:

  • Play an active role in your health care.
  • Gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
  • Obtain expert medical care during the trial from physician investigators who are specialists in disease being studied.
  • Help others by contributing to medical research.

Risks of Participating

Before participating in a clinical trial, you need to be aware of the following risks:

  • There may be unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects to experimental treatment.
  • The experimental treatment may not be effective for you, and/or it may not be better than the standard treatment.
  • In a randomized study, participants may not choose which treatment they will receive.
  • The protocol may require more of your time and attention than would a non-protocol treatment, including trips to the study site, more treatments, hospital stays, or complex dosage requirements.

For listing of current national clinical trials and additional resources, you may visit these websites:

Are Clinical Trials Safe?

The FDA works to protect participants in clinical trials and to ensure that people have reliable information as they decide whether to join a clinical trial. The federal government has regulations and guidelines for clinical research to protect participants from unreasonable risks. Although efforts are made to control the risks to clinical trial participants, some risks may be unavoidable because of the uncertainty inherent in medical research studies involving new medical treatments. The government requires researchers to give prospective participants complete and accurate information about what will happen during the trial.

Review the information on the linked pages below. If you have additional questions regarding participation in a clinical trial, please contact Lutheria Hollis at (850) 877-5115.


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