From receiving the information about the trial and consenting to take part, through to the end of the trial, here are some things you need to know about being in a clinical trial.

What is Informed Consent? What is the process and how should I prepare?

What does “Consent” mean? The very first step for someone considering taking part in a study is the discussion they will have with the researcher to introduce and explain the trial. This discussion is a process called “Informed Consent’. The use of the word “consent‟ to describe the process does not mean that you have to agree to the trial.

What happens if there is new information or I have questions during the study?

New information, questions and ongoing consent Even though you signed the consent form at the start of the study to say you intended to complete the trial, new information or a change in circumstances may mean you need to withdraw your consent. There might be times when you forget what you were told at the start of the study, or

If I say yes, can I change my mind later? What happens?

Can I change my mind? The short answer is Yes.  While researchers will hope that you stay committed to the trial so that there is enough data to make a conclusion, you are free to withdraw at any time without consequence to your future relationship with the trial team, your doctor, or your future medical care. Being fully informed before

What happens at the end of a trial?

  What should I know about the end of the trial, right from the start? The information sheet you received when the trial was first described to you before your agreed to take part should outline what the researchers think will happen at the end of the trial. Typically, you will be asked to return all trial-related medications, devices, equipment,

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