Benefits & Potentials Risks of Clinical Trials

Benefits of  Clinical Trials

  • You may get a new treatment for a disease before it is available to the public.
  • It enables you to have a more active role in your health care.
  • Researchers may provide you with medical care and more frequent health check-ups as part of your treatment.
  • You have the opportunity to help others get better treatment for their health problems in the future.
  • You may be able to get information about support groups and other resources.


Potential Downsides of Clinical Trials

  • The new treatment could have potential side effects.
  • The treatment may not work as intended or may not be as effective as treatments that are currently available.
  • Participating in a clinical trial is a time commitment. You may be expected to stay overnight or for several days over the course of a trial.

An important note: Patients who have signed an informed consent form may leave a trial at any time.

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