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Research Studies: Should I Take Part?

The following is a list of useful questions (provided by the National Cancer Institute) that you may want to explore with the research staff when considering participation in a clinical study. Many of these questions may be addressed in the informed consent document, but be sure to ask any that come to mind as you make your decision about taking part in the study.

The Study

Possible Risks and Benefits

Participation and Care

Personal Issues

Cost Issues

No one, not even medical professionals, can predict whether the treatment under evaluation in the study will prove successful. This is a serious decision. Before agreeing to participate in a study, you should feel free to take the time to discuss the study with your doctor and trusted support members. Your doctor may be able to give you helpful information, but recognize that only you can decide if the study is right for you.

Source: American Cancer Society - A Checklist of Questions to Ask the Research Team

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    Last Reviewed: May 09, 2011

    Professor of Bioethics
    School of Medicine
    Case Western Reserve University