For Patients

About clinical trials
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The following frequently asked questions provide detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials. 

Why participate?
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to experimental therapeutics before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. 

Ethics and regulation
Although there is an important distinction between medical care and research, the ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice also apply to clinical trials. In addition, most clinical research is federally regulated with built-in safeguards to protect the participants. 

Partcipant tips
What to expect. How to prepare. 


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Rachel Posner
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