What It’s Like to Participate in a Study

Participating in a clinical research study is a big decision. Here are a few important pieces of the process you should know:

  • Volunteers are necessary to participate in clinical research studies to help advance medical science.
  • All participation in a clinical study is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.
  • Your office visits will include what’s called a “screening,” where you are evaluated to see if you qualify for participation in a study.
  • All of your exams, study medication and doctor visits do not cost you anything and you do not need to have insurance.
  • Before you give your consent, or “OK,” to be in a study all of the details of the study will be thoroughly explained to you including how long the study will last, what type of office visits you will be expected to have and the details of compensation for time and travel if that is included.