Clinical trials are an important step in research to discover new treatments that improve the health and well-being of our community. YOU are an important part of this step. Our researchers need YOU to volunteer and help pave the pathway to discovery.
People volunteer for clinical trials for many reasons.
- Desire to improve medical care for future generations
- Connection to a certain disease or illness, whether through personal experience or through friends or family
- Personal interest in science
Participation is a choice
One of the most important things you can do is be part of a clinical research trial. Volunteers are needed to help doctors and researchers advance prevention, diagnosis and treatments of diseases, chronic conditions and injuries. Clinical trials lead to new drugs, new medical devices, new treatments and new ways to improve the quality of life for people with acute and chronic diseases.
Volunteering for a clinical study is a personal choice. There is no obligation. Participation is not right for everyone. After enrolling in a study, you may decide to leave at any time for any reason.
Questions to ask the research team
Here is a list of important questions to ask the clinical research team member and researcher if you decide to participate in a clinical trial:
- What is the purpose of the study?
- How long is the study?
- What is already known about the treatment in the study?
- Will I know if I am getting the treatment?
- Will I be paid for my time?
- Do I have to pay for any part of the study?
- Will the results be available to me?
The CCR team member and researcher will be able to provide answers to your questions. Additionally, all this information can be found in the Informed Consent form you will be required to sign to participate in a clinical trial.
- Why people participate
- How do I participate
- What to expect
- Placebo vs New Drug Therapy
- Costs involved
- How to quit a clinical trial and still receive standard of care
Center for Clinical Research
Debbie Fielder, Director