What is a Clinical Study?

What are clinical studies?

Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. When you volunteer to take part in clinical research, you help doctors and researchers learn more about diseases and improve health care for people in the future.

Why should I participate in a clinical study?

When you participate in a clinical trial, you are taking an active role in improving your health. You gain access to new research treatments before they become widely available, and you are helping others by contributing to medical research.

Who typically participates in a clinical study?

There is not one type. Some participate in trials because they want to help advance medicine. Others because they have an affliction and want access to better treatments. And some may turn to a study as a last resort if nothing else they have tried has worked.

Can I withdraw from the study after I start?

You can withdraw from the study at any time. If you withdraw, it will not affect the standard of care you receive. There will be no penalty, and you will not lose any benefits that you would otherwise have.

What happens after the research study stops?

The duration of the study may be up to 1 year.  Once the study has finished, the study drug may not be available immediately as a prescription that is paid for by your health plan/health insurance. The care you receive after the investigational study has ended may involve a different drug or treatment, which the hospital, together with your study doctor, considers to be the most suitable alternative for you.

What happens if new information becomes available while I am in the study?

You will be told about any new information found during the study that may affect whether you want to continue to take part.

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