What kind of information will I get if I want to take part in a clinical trial?

Before you join a clinical trial, a doctor, nurse, or another person on the research team will explain why the trial is being done, and what will happen during the trial. You can ask them any questions you have about the clinical trial.

You will also be given an information sheet and consent form to read. The consent form will explain:

  • why the trial is being done
  • the exact plan for each step in the trial
  • what side effects you may have
  • how the clinical trial may affect your daily life.

Ask the staff about any part of the information sheet and consent form you do not understand. If you decide to take part in the clinical trial, you will be asked to sign the consent form. Even if you sign the consent form, you can still change your mind and stop at any time. It is important that you understand that if you decide to withdraw from taking part in the trial it will not affect your ongoing medical care.

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