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Enrolling in clinical trials

Every year, millions of people enroll in thousands of clinical trials conducted around the world. These research studies are crucial to evaluating the effectiveness and safety of new medical procedures and medications.

How to Enroll in a Clinical Trial

Before a participant can enrol in a clinical trial, they must be recruited, screened, and give their informed consent. The process of enrolling in clinical trials is carefully regulated in order to protect the participants and maintain the clinical trial’s internal validity.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

Each study has its own rules about who can — or cannot — participate. This is called “eligibility.” Your eligibility may be based on your age, gender, overall health, type and stage of a disease, treatment history, and other conditions.

Not everyone is chosen to participate. You may be turned down simply because you do not have certain characteristics, such your gender or age.Things that allow you to participate are called “inclusion criteria,” and things that disqualify you are called “exclusion criteria.”

People who participate in clinical trials do so freely and of their own will. They are volunteers.

Informed consent

Before you can participate in a trial, the researchers must make sure you understand all the possible risks, benefits, and alternatives to the study. As part of this process, you may be given verbal instructions, printed materials to read, questionnaires, and other forms of information. If you have any unanswered questions about the trial, be sure to ask.

Should I participate in a clinical trial?

You are the best judge and the only person who can answer this question. One thing to ask yourself is whether the potential health benefits will outweigh the possible risks. You should learn as much as you can about the study and feel comfortable asking the research team questions. Be sure to ask who covers the costs and other expenses, such as travel. Tell your own healthcare provider that you are considering a trial, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages together.

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