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The Eye Clinic: Learn about clinical trials

Questions to Ask Before Participating

It is important to completely understand the clinical trial before volunteering. Talk with your doctors, family members, and clinical trial staff to determine if a particular study is the right choice for you. Before deciding, be sure you know the answers to the following questions:

About the study:

  • What is the purpose of this clinical trial?
  • Why do researchers think the new treatment being studied may be better than the standard treatment?
  • What is known about side effects from the treatment?
  • What tests and treatment will I receive?
  • Will I need surgery or medications?
  • Will I be hospitalized?
  • How will the study benefit me? How will it benefit others?

About your health:

  • How might the treatment benefit my eye condition?
  • What are the possible short- and long-term risks and side effects of the treatment?
  • What are the chances of any side effects occurring?
  • How will my health be monitored during the study?
  • Who will be in charge of my care? Will I be able to see my own doctor?

About your commitment:

  • Will taking part in the study affect my daily life?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • How often will I need to return for follow-up exams?
  • What is the total time involved?
  • How much will it cost me to be in the study?
  • How do I feel about taking part in a clinical trial? How do my family and friends feel about my participation?

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