What to Ask Your Doctor About Clinical Trials


What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies that explore medicines, treatments, and devices on volunteer patients to check if they are safe and effective for humans. Clinical trials can be hugely beneficial to those with aggressive illnesses, as they can identify the best medical approaches to take to treat these conditions or diseases. TQT studies carried out by Richmond Pharmacology, for example, look at the functions and health of your heart which can be affected by a number of conditions and illnesses.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Clinical Trials

When you enquire about a clinical trial, you should consider asking your doctor for more information about the trial you will be participating in. You might initially want to know what trials are being conducted for your type and stage of illness and how the process works – treatment choices, how many patients are taking part, how long the study will last, what you will be required to do and how you will be informed of the outcome.

Clinical trials can be quite daunting, and there can be lots of important information to take in. Ask your GP whether you can bring a friend or relative to your consultations or if you can tape the session to listen back on later. Another important question to raise is who will be allowed to view your medical records and what other private information will be held on the contract research organization’s database. To find an extended set of relevant questions to ask your doctor about clinical trials, visit Cancer Research’s website.

Staffing can be a very influencing factor when taking part in scientific trials, as you want to feel reassured that the team cares about the research in hand. Companies use characteristic profiling to select appropriate staff and select only the best team from a global pool of over 9,000 consultants across the world.

Finally, don’t forget to check the finer details. For instance, can you claim travel expenses, are you covered by insurance in the event of anything going wrong, who have checked the safety of the trial and can you leave the trial if you wish to? You also will not want to jeopardize the impact of your participation in the trial, so be sure to check up on what drugs or medicines you should not be taking, and find out if there are any physical activities that you should not be doing for the duration of the trial.