Questions to ask your doctor about clinical trials
There's a lot to think about if you're deciding whether or not to take part in a clinical trial, and some of the information can be a bit hard to understand.
Asking questions can help you to understand more about clinical trials and to decide if a trial is right for you.
- Write down any questions you have before you go to your appointment.
- Bring someone with you, if possible - they can help you to remember what the doctor or nurse says.
- Bring a notebook and write down the answers to your questions.
- If you don't understand something, ask the doctor or nurse to explain again.
Questions about clinical trials
- What does the trial hope to find out?
- What is the evidence for the trial?
- Will the trial cost me any money?
- What is the trial called?
- What treatment will I get?
- What is the difference between the trial treatment and standard treatment?
- What are the side effects of the trial treatment?
- What are the benefits of taking part?
- What are the risks of taking part?
- How many patients are taking part in this trial?
- What is expected of me during the trial?
- How long will my treatment take?
- Will I have many extra visits in comparison to the standard treatment?
- Where will I get my treatment? Will I be in the same hospital and have the same doctors?
- When will the trial results be available?
- What will happen if I want to stop the trial treatment?
- What treatment will I have if I do not want to take part in the trial?
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