All About Clinical Trials
Information on clinical trials
Volunteering for a clinical trial is an important decision, because you will become a crucial part of the research team that works to develop new medications to improve lives. Before making such a decision, make sure to learn about what is involved in the specific study you’re considering, and about clinical trials in general. You can also download brochures, watch study videos, and
Here are some of the most comprehensive and authoritative outside sources of information:
The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. One of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency.
CISCRP is a privately-run (non-governmental) website that offers patients, family members, and the general public a wealth of resources to help learn about clinical research and what it means to be a clinical research participant.
CenterWatch is another privately-run site that provides information on clinical trials, specific drugs, as well as other essential health and educational resources.
For your convenience, here are direct links to the most commonly-asked questions (and answers) on the CenterWatch website:
- What is a clinical trial?
- Who can participate in a clinical trial?
- How does a clinical trial work?
- What questions should be asked before choosing to participate?
- What can volunteers expect if they choose to participate?
- What is informed consent?
- What are the benefits and risks of joining a trial?
- Does information remain confidential and private?
- What happens after the trial?