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About Clinical Trials

Only you can decide if a clinical trial is right for you.

Clinical trials need people of both genders, all racial backgrounds, and all ages. Some trials involve people with a disease or condition; some require "healthy volunteers" (people who do not have a particular disease).

Past study participants have helped to develop important medical milestones such as vaccines, ultrasound, x-ray equipment, tools to stop smoking, and new medications to treat many common conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and cancer.

Talk to your health care provider to see if there is an appropriate study for you. Each trial has a set of eligibility criteria that participants need to meet such as age, gender, and medical history.

Points to Remember

If you are thinking about participating in a clinical trial, please remember that:

  • The study may or may not help you personally; the results of the trial may help others in the future that have a health problem.
  • Being part of a study is completely voluntary. You can withdraw at any time. Your doctors and your research team will support whatever you decide.
  • Your routine medical care will not be impacted by participating in a study. Even if you withdraw, your ongoing care will remain the same.
  • There are always risks involved with clinical trials. We study a new treatment or medical approach because it has shown strong promise in laboratory and animal studies. Results in humans may be different, though. The new treatment may not be better than the standard therapy, or it may have unexpected or more difficult side effects.
  • If the study is comparing different treatments, participants cannot choose which one they receive because they are randomly assigned to one treatment or the other.

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