How Do I Volunteer?

Each clinical trial has criteria for participation. These criteria typically involve age, gender, type/stage of disease, prior medical history, etc. These criteria are used so that each trial can identify participants, promote safety, and gather useful data.

Participants in clinical trials should know as much as possible about the study before enrolling. Questions to ask the research team include:

  • What is being studied?
  • What will I have to do?
  • What are the some of the possible products/techniques that I may be exposed to during the trial?
  • Has it been tested before?
  • How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits of this trial compare with those of my current treatment?
  • What tests and procedures are involved?
  • How often will I have to visit the hospital or clinic?
  • How long will the study last?
  • Who will pay for my participation?
  • Will I be reimbursed for other expenses?
  • What type of long-term follow-up care is part of this trial?
  • Will results of the study be provided to me?
  • Who will oversee my medical care while I am participating in the trial?
  • What are my options if I am injured during the study?

Volunteers who participate in a clinical trial contribute to overall medical knowledge. The results of these studies can make a difference for future patients by providing information about the benefits and risks of therapeutic, preventative, or diagnostic products or interventions.