Questions to Ask Before Participating in a Clinical Trial

posted by Dave Leman on October 30, 2013

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Before your first appointment to learn more about a potential clinical trial, developing a list of questions is critical to ensuring your comfort, awareness, and general knowledge about the study. You may also ask a family member or a friend go with you for support and to attain additional information.

Here is a good list of questions to discuss with the study team:

  1. Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
  2. What are the benefits/risks of my participation?
  3. What is the purpose of the study?
  4. Does the study involve a placebo or a treatment that is already on the market?
  5. What kinds of tests are involved?
  6. What kind of investigational medication is involved?
  7. What are the alternatives?
  8. Are there any side effects I should know about/be worried about?
  9. How long is the study expected to last?
  10. How many visits are there going to be?
  11. Does it cost me anything to participate?
  12. Will I be reimbursed for any of my expenses such as time and travel?
  13. Is there any follow-up care after the trial and if so, how will I get it?
  14. What will happen if I choose to stop participating in the study?
  15. Can I see my regular physician while I am participating in the trial?
  16. How will I know that the experimental treatment is working?
  17. Will the results of the trial be presented to me?

For more information on participating in clinical trials, and if you are interested in gastrointestinal clinical research studies, visit our current studies page.