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Deciding to volunteer for a research study is an important decision. Because clinical research is necessary for the advancement of medical treatments, participating is, in a sense, a service to the community and the well-being of the human race. You may experience personal benefits as a result of participating, but there may be risks to participating as well. Participants should carefully consider their decision to volunteer for a research study and should ensure that they fully understand the requirements for participation as well as the potential risks and benefits of participation.

Benefits: Some participants may find that there are no real benefits to participating; however, there are numerous things that participants may receive as a result of participating. These things may include diagnostic testing, one-on-one physician assessments, study medication, and financial compensation. Every study is different; therefore, benefits may vary from study to study. All potential benefits of the study will be discussed with participants prior to entering the study.

Risks: While great measures are taken to ensure that clinical trials are as safe as possible, there are always risks involved with medical procedures and study medications. All risks of participating in a study will be explained to participants prior to entering the study. Participants must understand and agree to these risks in order to participate. Participants may drop out of a study at any time.

To find out more about clinical research studies, please feel free to call one of our experienced study professionals. We will gladly answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

Read an article by: DR. JACQUELINE A. FRENCH