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Clinical trials are designed to limit risks to participants as much as possible. Before choosing to participate in a clinical trial, it is important to understand the full range of associated risks and benefits.
While some people in clinical trials receive a placebo or standard treatment, others may receive an experimental treatment before it is available to the rest of the population. Given the uncertainty surrounding the efficacy and side effects of an experimental treatment, this access can thus be seen as neither an advantage nor a disadvantage.
Some participants in a clinical trial may:
Research teams regularly monitor participants in clinical trials so as to minimize risks and discomforts, including those related to side effects. Participants in clinical trials also receive a contact card that lists, among other things, the support number for the medical team.
Participation in a clinical trial is always voluntary. You can take as much time as you need to decide, and your decision whether or not to participate will not change the usual care you receive.
To help you make an informed decision, the research team and the clinical trial physician will explain the project to you and provide you with an information and consent form.
The research team is available to answer your questions. Your doctor and the team of health professionals, loved ones and family can also help you make the right choice for you.
The information and consent form will indicate:
This guide has been designed to facilitate communication with a member of your healthcare team or a member of the research team about your possible participation in a clinical trial.
You can use this guide to record relevant clinical trial information about your medical condition.Download the discussion guide