Questions to Ask Your Doctor

What should people consider before participating in a trial?

People should know as much as possible about the clinical trial and feel comfortable asking the members of the health care team questions about it, the care expected while in a trial, and the cost of the trial. The following questions might be helpful for the participant to discuss with the health care team. Some of the answers to these questions are found in the informed consent document.

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • How long will I be in the study?
  • How many people will participate in the study?
  • In which phase of the study will I participate?
  • How often will I need to go to the hospital or clinic?
  • What tests will I need?
  • Will my medical records remain confidential?
  • Is there a chance that I will receive a placebo in the study?
  • Will I continue to see my own personal doctor?
  • Will there be any cost to me?
  • Will participating in the study affect my daily life?
  • What kind of long-term follow-up care is included in the study?
  • Will I learn the results of the study? If so, when?
  • What are the potential benefits and possible risks?
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