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Why Should I Participate?


Scientific breakthroughs can’t happen without clinical trials

Your participation in a clinical trial can help researchers build clinical knowledge—and eventually help others in need. The specific reasons for participating are personal, but many people decide to join clinical trials to: 

  • Get access to new and possibly better treatments

  • Help science move forward

  • Give back to their community/society

When you participate in a clinical trial, you have the chance to be one of the first to receive a new treatment and to be a part of something that may help researchers improve medical care for others in the future.

Participating in a clinical trial is a personal decision, and your doctor can talk you through it and help you carefully consider all of the potential outcomes. Once you’ve volunteered, you can leave a clinical trial at any time.

What to consider before joining a clinical trial

Participation in a clinical trial may include:

  • Access to promising new treatments

  • Treatment that may be more effective than the standard approach

  • The chance to be the first to benefit from a new method under study

  • The chance to play an active role in your own health care and gain a greater understanding of your condition

  • The chance to be the first to benefit from a new method under study


Participating in a clinical trial may also mean:

  • A greater time commitment than a non-clinical trial treatment by requiring more visits to the clinical trial site, more treatments, hospital stays, etc.

  • As with any drug, there may be unpleasant or serious side effects to treatments


You should discuss with your doctor and carefully consider the potential outcomes of participation in a clinical trial. If you qualify for a clinical trial, the decision to participate is yours to make. A medical ethics committee oversees the clinical trial to ensure all participants are appropriately treated. If you are eligible and choose to participate in a clinical trial, an informed consent document will be presented to you. The informed consent document includes detailed information about the clinical trial, what you can expect as a participant and the potential outcomes associated with the clinical trial. If you are dissatisfied at any time during the conduct of a clinical trial, you are free to leave the study. 

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