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Learn About Clinical Trials

  • Reviewed: 12/29/2004

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If you are thinking about joining a study, you will get a lot of information.

Study staff will talk with you.
Before you join a study, a doctor, nurse, or another person who works on the study will tell you many things:

  • Why the study is being done
  • What will happen during the study
  • What side effects you may have
  • How the study may affect your daily life.

They will give you information in writing.
They will give you a consent form that tells you about the study. If you decide to take part in the study, you will be asked to sign the consent form. This means that you understand the benefits and risks and you choose to join.

You can and should ask questions.
You should ask questions about anything you do not understand.

You can change your mind and drop out.
Even if you sign the consent form, you can still change your mind and stop at any time. Dropping out of a study will not affect your health care in the future.