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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.
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