Should You Take Part in a Clinical Research Trial?
Many Phases of Study
Who Is Eligible for Clinical Trials?
Using the Internet to Recruit Participants
Considering a Clinical Trial
- Consult with your physician.
- Review and fully understand everything contained in the informed consent, a document that outlines key facts and the potential benefits and risks.
Ask questions, such as:
What procedures are involved?
How long will the treatment take?
How often must I go to the hospital or study site?
What should I avoid while participating?
Can I continue taking other prescription drugs during the trial?
What will be expected of me overall?
AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov
Cancer Trials National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
United States Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov
BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/default.htm
Research Trials.org https://www.researchtrials.org/
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