People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward.
Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.
Different types of people participate in clinical trials. Some are healthy, while others may have illnesses. Requirements may include specific:
- Medical history
- Current medical condition
What are the Risks?
Clinical trials involve risks. When weighing the risks of research, you can consider two important factors:
- The degree of harm that could result from participating in the study
- The chance of any harm occurring
You may or may not notice any effects from being in the study. If you have side effects or a reaction while in the research, you will be given appropriate care.
What is Informed Consent?
Before you decide whether to participate in research it is important for you to understand:
- Your participation is voluntary
- Why the research is being done
- What the researchers want to accomplish
- What will be done and for how long
- What risks are involved
- What possible benefits can be expected
- What other treatments are available
- You have the right to leave the study at any time without interfering with your regular care
Will I Be Paid for My Participation?
Sometimes there is pay or compensation for your time and effort.
What Research is Being Conducted?
Click here for our current list of research studies for adults being conducted at Tri-City.