Participating in Clinical Trials
Why should I join a clinical trial?
People participate in clinical trials for many reasons. Healthy volunteers
take part to help others and to contribute to moving medical science forward.
People with an illness or disease take part to help others, but also to
possibly receive the newest treatment. Clinical trials offer hope for
many people and a chance to help researchers find better treatments for
others in the future.
Who can join?
Researchers follow clinical trials guidelines when deciding who can participate
in a study. These guidelines are called inclusion/exclusion criteria.
These criteria are based on factors such as age, gender, the type and
stage of a disease, treatment history, and other medical conditions. Before
joining a clinical trial, participants must provide information that allows
the research team to determine whether or not they can take part in the
study safely. The research team can provide additional information about