Questions to Ask About Clinical Trials

For Patients/Caregivers

When discussing possible participation in a clinical trial, it is important to have all the information you need to make a decision. Here are some questions you, or your physician, might want to ask the clinical trial’s sponsor or principle investigator.

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What will happen during the study?
  • How many people will participate?
  • Who is funding this study?
  • Where is this study being done?
  • How long will I be in the study?
  • What are the potential risks of joining this clinical trial?
  • What is the disease or condition for which the drug is being studied?
  • Can you recommend any peer-reviewed literature to read that contains data/information known about the drug so far?
  • Will I get a placebo?
  • How do the tests and treatments in this study compare to those in standard care?
  • How often do I need to come in for treatment and testing?
  • Will it cost me anything to be in this study?
  • What medical expenses will be paid by the clinical trial?
  • Will my insurance cover the remaining costs or will I need to pay for them myself?
  • Will I be paid for participating?
  • What happens when the study ends? Is there long-term follow-up care?
  • If the treatment is working for me, can I continue to get it after the study ends?
  • What happens if I am harmed somehow in the study?
  • Is medical care provided and paid for by the study?
  • How will my personal information be protected in this study?
  • Can I stop my participation in the study at any time for any reason?

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