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Participating in Clinical Trials

doctor helping patientWhy 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 individual trials.

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