About Clinical Research

Clinical research studies are done to test investigational medications for diseases and conditions. Studies help determine if investigational medications are safe to use and work to improve the health of people. Before any medication can be approved and made available to the general public, it has to go through several phases of clinical research.

Why do people participate in studies?

People participate in clinical research studies for a variety of reasons. Some volunteers may participate in studies because they want to learn more about their disease. Others volunteer to participate because they want to help researchers learn more about a disease so that it may help them and others in the future.

Are clinical studies safe?

Clinical research studies follow a specific set of standards and are closely regulated to ensure the safety of all participants. Safety precautions are put in place to protect people who participate in clinical research. In addition, studies follow a written plan that is called a protocol. The protocol is designed to make sure all study procedures are conducted correctly and safely.

What if I have questions during the study?

You can ask the study team questions at any point before, during, and after the study. Before agreeing to study participation, please make sure that you understand the responsibilities of study participants and their caregivers. If you have any concerns about study participation, you should feel comfortable discussing them with a member of the study team at any time.

Can participants leave the study once it has started?

Study participation is completely voluntary, and participants can end their participation at any time, for any reason. Participants who leave the study early may be asked to return to the study site for a final visit, but there will be no negative impact on the care they receive.

Can participants see other doctors during the study?

Study participants can visit any doctor to meet their medical needs during the study. However, it is important to tell the study doctor if a participant will be seeing another doctor and if any new medication is prescribed.