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?