Diagnosis

Clinical trials: questions to ask

Posted by Sara Liyanage on 30 July 2020

This section of the website was kindly written by Ancora.ai 

These are some of the questions you may like to ask before deciding whether to take part in a clinical trial. You should ask to talk to a nurse or doctor in charge of the trial. We recommend that you bring a friend or a family member with you and that you take some notes and/or record the conversation.

ABOUT THE TRIAL

What is the goal of the trial ?

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What makes researchers think the intervention may be effective?

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Has the study been approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

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Who is sponsoring the trial?

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What will be the duration of the trial?

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What are the trial end-points being studied?

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How will the results be assessed?

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Can I talk to a participant who is already enrolled in the trial?

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Will there be a group of patients receiving a placebo?

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Are any of the tested treatments already approved for commercial use?

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RISKS AND BENEFITS

What are the possible side effects and risks?

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What are the expected benefits?

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Will the trial be randomized and what will be the different treatments options?

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How do the different treatment options compare in terms of risks and benefits?

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TREATMENT AND PROCEDURES

What kind of therapies, treatments, tests will be performed during the trial?

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How will the treatment be administered?

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Will it hurt or will it be uncomfortable?

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What will be the frequency and duration of each medical intervention?

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What kind of additional tests will be done?

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Who will be taking care of me?

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How will the trial team work with my existing doctors during the trial?

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IMPACT ON PERSONAL LIFE

How much of my time will be needed?

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Where is the trial taking place?

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How often will I have to travel to the clinical trial site vs. seeing my normal doctors?

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Will I have to stay overnight?

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How will my participation in the trial affect my personal life?

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Will I be able to go on vacation?

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Will the treatment affect me physically and/or emotionally?

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Will I need to take time off work?

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COSTS

Will I have to pay for any of the costs related to the medical treatment, tests and diagnostics?

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Will I be compensated in case of an injury related to the trial?

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How will my routine care be paid for while I am participating?

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Will I receive compensation for the time spent traveling and participating in the trial?

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AFTER THE TRIAL

If the treatment was shown to be beneficial, will I be able to continue the treatment?

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Who will pay for it?

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How long will it take until the results are known?

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How will I know about the results?

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Will I be able to participate in the next phase(s) of the trial?

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What happens if I decide to leave the trial?

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