Medical Research and Questions to Ask
If you are thinking about participating in a research study, here are some good questions to ask:
- What is its purpose?
- Who has reviewed and approved the study?
- Who is financing the study?
- What does the study involve?
- What kinds of tests and treatments will be done?
- Which medicines or therapies are forbidden for the duration of the study?
- How are the study data and patient safety being checked?
- Where will information from the study go?
- What other choices do I have, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- How could the study affect my daily life?
- What potential risks or side effects can I expect from the study?
- How long will the study last?
- Will there be any costs to me?
- If I am harmed as a result of the research, what treatment will I receive?
- What type of long-term follow-up care is part of the study?
By knowing as much as possible about the study, you can make a good decision about whether or not you want to participate.