What to expect?

Knowing what will happen in a clinical trial

Wondering what it’s like to be part of a clinical trial? Most Phase I clinical trials take place onsite at a medical facility, some dedicated just to clinical research. In some cases, you’ll need to stay overnight, sometimes for several days, so the trial team can monitor your reactions to the drug. It’s also possible you will come to the trial facility for more than one visit. The initial trial posting will include these details.

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Before officially enrolling, you’ll go through a comprehensive screening process to determine if you meet the criteria for a particular study. Your screening may include:
  • Your medical history
  • Review of current medications you’re taking
  • Preliminary screening exams
  • Diagnostic tests specific to the clinical trial
You may also be asked to bring with you:
  • A copy of your medical records for review
  • Written approval of your personal physician

To help you decide if you want to take part in the trial, you’ll learn about the purpose of the study as well as the potential benefits and risks of participating. Then you’ll be asked to read and sign an informed consent form that says you understand the details of the trial and your rights as a volunteer. Even after you sign this form, you may leave the trial at any time.

The team working on your trial includes doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other study professionals. They are responsible for providing you the highest standard of medical care during the trial. Although you’ll be in a medical setting, most research facilities are designed for your comfort. Many are equipped with Wi-Fi and Internet access, TV, game rooms and snack bars. You’ll be given a list of what to bring with you as well as things you should leave at home. While you must be available for any testing involved in the trial, there is usually plenty of time for working, reading or relaxing. It’s some of the easiest work you can do!


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