About Clinical Trials:  Steps to Join a Clinical Trial

A potential patient talking with a doctor in a lobby

Your decision to enroll yourself or a family member in a clinical is a major step.

When participating in a clinical trial, a participant can expect to undergo various procedures and tests to assess the safety and effectiveness of the investigational medicine being studied.

Here is some general information on what to expect when participating in a clinical trial.

Determine Your Eligibility

Before participating, the participant will typically undergo a screening process to determine if they meet the study’s eligibility criteria and will provide their informed consent. Once enrolled, they will receive detailed information about the study, including the potential risks and benefits.

Enrolling in a Study

During the trial, the participant may undergo things like physical exams, blood tests, imaging scans, and other medical procedures to monitor their health and effects of the treatment. They may also need to keep a record of their symptoms and follow a specific treatment plan.

It is important to note that some clinical trials involve a placebo, which is a treatment that has no active ingredients. In some instances, participants may be assigned to receive either the investigational drug or the placebo, and they may not know which one they are receiving.

Throughout the trial, the participant will be closely monitored by the study team, and they may need to attend regular follow-up appointments. If any issues arise, the study team will work with the participant to address them.

Follow Up

Most clinical trial participants may need follow up visits after their participation is complete, depending on the specific study and its requirements.

Overall, participating in a clinical trial can be a commitment, but it can also provide access to possible new treatments while helping to advance medical research.