Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Volunteer
December 10,2013 Sarah Stapleton

Last month we blogged about why volunteers participate in clinical trials, but we didn't discuss what questions volunteers should ask before deciding to participate in a trial. It's important that a volunteer understands what they're agreeing to before ever walking through the door. Think about it, how much research do people do before they buy a new TV?

Doing research before using your body for the benefit of science is quite a bit more important, right?

Clinical Trials

At the end of the article there are a number of resources for volunteers to learn more about clinical trials, but let's talk about the top 10 questions to ask before participating in a clinical trial.

  1. questions or decision making conceptWhat phase is the clinical trial?
  2. How long will the trial last?
  3. What treatments will be used?
  4. What is the main purpose of the trial?
  5. How will patient safety be monitored?
  6. What are the risks?
  7. What are the possible benefits?
  8. Are there alternate treatments already available?
  9. What happens if I am harmed by the trial?
  10. Can I opt to remain on this treatment even after the study ends?

All of the above questions are important to ask or consider before getting involved in clinical research. If you are considering clinical research take the time to ask questions of either your doctor or the clinical research site. Doctors and sites want great research volunteers and they want those volunteers to remain in the study for its entirety, so they're going to want you to be informed and assured.iStock_000013673488Small

This is the information age. There are a ton of resources out there for volunteers to get information about participation and a few of the most popular ones are listed below. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer at Vince & Associates we'd like to talk to you. Feel free to send us an email or give our recruitment center a call at (913) 696-1601.

Resource Links

About Clinical Research The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: National Institute of Health (NIH) NIH - ClinicalTrials.gov U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) CenterWatch

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