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Should I participate in a clinical trial or medical research?

  • Understanding the patient's role in medical research and clinical trials

    Participating in a clinical trial may provide individuals first access to the newest drugs, treatments or disease management processes. Learn more about participation in medical research with this information.

    expand to learn more What is a clinical trial?

    expand to learn more What happens in a trial?

    expand to learn more Who can participate?

    expand to learn more Why should I enter a clinical trial?

    expand to learn more What are the risks?

    expand to learn more How will I be protected?

  • Questions patients should ask researchers

    • Asking questions may help you decide whether to enter a clinical trial.
    • What is the study trying to find out?
    • Who put it together?
    • Who is going to be in the study?
    • Who will be in charge of my care?
    • What exams, tests and treatments will I have?
    • Will I need to be hospitalized?
    • How much time will it take?
    • How do the possible side effects, risks and benefits of the study treatment compare with my current treatment and other choices?
    • How will I be protected from harm?
    • How long will the study last?
    • What follow-up is planned?
    • Who will pay for the treatment and other expenses?
    • How will my privacy be protected?
    • Will I get the results?
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  • Clinical trials search is a database on a wide range of federally and privately funded clinical trials. provides information and alerts about thousands of industry- and government-sponsored clinical trials.