There are several key questions that a participant will want answered before enrolling in a clinical trial. Many are listed here, but patients should feel free to ask study coordinators any additional questions they may have, to ensure their concerns are well-addressed before the trial starts. It is important that people learn as much as possible prior to entering a trial, and to thoroughly discuss the study with a doctor and with the study team.
Questions About the Trial
Clinical trials are highly customized and, for this reason, vary greatly. Each trial is designed in a way that best allows its researchers to determine the particular goals or endpoints under study for an experimental therapy, such as a new drug. Because clinical trials differ, it is important to ask the right questions to determine if a particular trial is a good fit for you. Each patient has individual health needs and considerations. Here are examples of questions you might ask a study team:
- How long will the trial last?
- What are the advantages of participating in this trial?
- What are the possible disadvantages of participation?
- When do I need to decide whether I want to participate in the trial?
- What are the eligibility criteria?
- If I am not eligible, can you recommend other options?
- In addition to the experimental treatment, what other treatments are offered in the trial?
- What are the chances of my being in a comparator group, and receiving a placebo or other treatment?
- How frequent are the study visits?
- How long do the study visits last?
- Where do study visits take place?
- What tests are performed during study visits?