Clinical research studies are scientific investigation designed to find answers to specific health questions. Studies can help doctors to find ways to treat disease and improve healthcare. Clinical studies often look at new drugs or new combinations of drugs (new or old), new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. These studies are a vital part of the process by which new treatments are approved for use.
- Who can participate?
- What happens during a clinical research study?
- What if you change your mind and no longer want to participate?
- What about contact with your regular doctor?
- Does it cost anything to participate in a clinical research study?
- How will your safety be protected?
- What should you consider before you participate in a clinical research study?
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Participating in a clinical research study gives you a chance to play a active part in your own healthcare and help others, too. It might help you directly by giving you access to an investigational drug or procedure you would not otherwise be able to receive at that time. Or, you may agree to participate just so you can contribute to medical research, even though you may not receive any direct benefit from the research.