If you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, you should feel free to ask any questions or bring up any issues concerning the trial at any time. The following suggestions may give you some ideas as you think about your own questions.
- What is the purpose of the study?
- Why do researchers think the approach may be effective?
- Who will fund the study?
- Who has reviewed and approved the study?
- How are study results and safety of participants being monitored?
- How long will the study last?
- What will my responsibilities be if I take part?
- Who will tell me about the results of the study and how will I be informed?
Risks and possible benefits
- What are my possible short-term benefits?
- What are my possible long-term benefits?
- What are my short-term risks, and side effects?
- What are my long-term risks?
- What other options are available?
- How do the risks and possible benefits of this trial compare with those options?
Participation and care
- What kinds of therapies, procedures and/or tests will I have during the trial?
- Will they hurt, and if so, for how long?
- How do the tests in the study compare with those I would have outside of the trial?
- Will I be able to take my regular medications while taking part in the clinical trial?
- Where will I have my medical care?
- Who will be in charge of my care?
- How could being in this study affect my daily life?
- Can I talk to other people in the study?
- Will I have to pay for any part of the trial such as tests or the study drug?
- If so, what will the charges likely be?
- What is my health insurance likely to cover?
- Who can help answer any questions from my insurance company or health plan?
- Will there be any travel or child care costs that I need to consider while I am in the trial?
Tips for asking your doctor about trials
- Consider taking a family member or friend along for support and for help in asking questions or recording answers.
- Plan what to ask — but don’t hesitate to ask any new questions.
- Write down questions in advance to remember them all.
- Write down the answers so that they’re available when needed.
- Ask about bringing a tape recorder to make a taped record of what’s said (even if you write down answers).
Reproduced with permission from