Common Concerns with Participating in a Research Study
If I volunteer for a study, will I definitely be able to participate?
I am basically healthy, but I have a minor health condition that is under control. Does this mean I can’t be a healthy volunteer?
I would like to participate in clinical research but transportation is an issue for me.
Even though I’m retired, it would be difficult to participate because I take care of my grandchildren.
I’m worried about safety. What happens if I become ill due to side effects from medication given during a clinical trial?
Most clinical research is regulated by the federal government with built-in safeguards to protect participants. For example, every clinical trial in the United States must be approved and monitored by an independent committee of physicians, community advocates, and others to make sure the rights of study participants are protected. This committee ensures that the risks are as low as possible and that potential benefits are worthwhile. All trials also follow a carefully monitored study plan that details what researchers will do during the study.
Before beginning the study, you will undergo a thorough screening to make sure you are healthy enough to participate safely. The study team will provide you with instructions to follow if you suffer from side effects, including how to contact them at any time. They will encourage you to call if you have any questions or concerns regarding treatment administered as part of the study.
I’m concerned about privacy and confidentiality.
If I participate in a clinical trial, can I still go to my regular doctor?
I’m too sick to be in a clinical trial.
I’m too healthy to be in a clinical trial.