Clinical Studies-What To Expect

Steps to Begin

1. Find a trial

2. Talk to your doctor

3. Determine eligibility

4. Learn about the study

5. Sign forms

6. Make it happen

Good questions to ask about all clinical studies:

  • Why is the study being done?
  • How many different hospitals are involved in the study?
  • Who is supporting the study (such as the NIH or a drug company?)
  • How do I know if I am eligible?
  • How long will the study last?
  • What will happen to me when I’m in the study?
  • Will I need to miss school or work if I join the study?
  • How often will I have to come in for visits and can the study be combined
  • with the regular visits to my kidney doctor?
  • Will the study pay for travel, parking, or my time?
  • Will I get to know the results of the study?

Additional questions about interventional studies:

  • Is this the right time to think about changing treatments for my kidney disease?
  • What is the treatment?
  • Why does my doctor think I would benefit from being in the study?
  • What are the risks of being in the study (like medication side effects)?
  • Does everyone in the study get the treatment or are some patients assigned to no treatment (often called placebo)?
  • Can I continue with the treatment when the study ends?

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