Questions to Ask
If you are thinking about being part of a clinical trial, you should know as much as possible about the study, your involvement and the commitment you are making.
Below are some questions you may like to ask:
About the trial
- What is the aim of the trial and how will it help people?
- Has the intervention been tested before and, if so, what was the outcome?
- Will the trial use a placebo (a ‘dummy’ treatment), standard care or another established intervention as the control to compare with the new intervention?
- Who is funding the trial?
- How might this trial affect my daily life? How much of my time will be needed?
- What kinds of tests and procedures are involved?
- Will I have to complete questionnaires or keep a diary?
- Will I need to spend time in hospital?
- Will I need to take time off work or school?
- Where will the trial be conducted and will I have to travel to be part of it?
- Will I be able to take my regular medications while participating in the trial?
- How long is the trial expected to last? How long will I have to be part of it?
- What will happen if I stop the trial intervention or leave the trial before it ends?
- Who will be in charge of my care? Who can I contact for support and information during the trial? Will someone be available 24 hours a day?
- What are the risks of taking part in this trial? What are the possible side effects of the trial intervention?
- How do the possible risks, side effects and benefits in the trial compare with my current treatment or care?
- If people receiving one intervention in the trial respond much better than people receiving the other intervention or standard care, will all participants be given access to the more effective intervention?
- Who will pay for the experimental intervention?
- Will I be paid to participate in the trial?
- Will my expenses be covered?
- If there are complications that arise from the trial, who is responsible for paying for any costs that are associated with them?
After the trial
- What follow-up care is available after the trial?
- How long will it be before the results of the trial are known?
- How do I find out the results of the trial?
- Will I have access to the experimental intervention after the trial if I wish to continue with it?
Last Modified: Tuesday, 09 June 2020
Acknowledgement & further information
The content on this website has been adapted from
NHMRC Australian Clinical Trials