Before you agree to participate in any clinical trial, you will be educated about the study. You will receive information about the key aspects of the study, such as what types of treatment you may receive during the clinical trial. This is the beginning of a formal
process called “informed consent.” In addition to discussing the study with your doctors
or study coordinators, a written consent form will be available for you to take home to
read and discuss with your family and friends. The consent form will include:
- The study approach
- The intervention (such as a new drug or treatment) given in the trial
- The possible risks and benefits
- The tests you may have
If you decide to participate in a study, you will sign a consent form, but this is not the end of the informed consent process. Informed consent is designed to facilitate an ongoing conversation with your patient-care team so that you can make educated decisions about whether to participate - or to continue participating - in a clinical trial. Never hesitate to ask questions at any time about any aspect of the study or your care.
You can change your mind and leave the study whenever you want, without prejudicing your treatment team or forfeiting access to other treatment.
Your research team has a duty to keep you informed, help you understand the information and answer your questions. We fully appreciate that clinical research and new, better treatments would not be possible without people like you!