A clinical research study is a scientific way to improve or develop a new method of health care. Research studies are important because they contribute to the knowledge and progress on diseases and disorders.
People volunteer in hopes of improving their own health and to gain access to procedures or treatments before they become widely available. Clinical Trials also help you gain access to procedures or treatments that might not be available outside of research and may assist others diagnosed with those diseases.
Once you decide to participate in a clinical trial, you will need to read and then sign an Informed Consent form. This form provides a detailed explanation of the purpose of the trial and the types of treatment to be studied. It also clearly states the probability of your receiving the treatment, the known and potential risks and benefits of each treatment. The consent form also lets you know whom to contact for more information as well as your rights regarding a clinical trial.