Participating in a clinical trial is an important decision. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, make sure you know all the facts and discuss the trial with your doctor to help you determine what’s best for you.
Some studies seek participants who have a particular illness, while others seek healthy participants. Typically, you must meet additional criteria to participate in a study. Common criteria researchers use to determine eligibility are age, sex and—in the case of studies seeking volunteers with a given illness—type and stage of disease, treatment history and other medical conditions.
You may have access to new drugs, medical devices and procedures
before they become widely available. You will receive care from our
medical experts throughout the trial. You help others by advancing
medical knowledge and care.
The experimental treatment may not work, or you may experience
side effects. To minimize the risk of side effects, we closely
monitor you during the clinical trial.
An independent committee known as the Institutional Review Board—or IRB— reviews, approves and monitors every clinical trial.
The IRB consists of physicians, researchers and community board
members who ensure that:
Informed consent is a process that helps you decide whether to
participate in a clinical study. Researchers will provide you with
key details about the study in an informed consent form.
This document includes such details as the study’s:
Make sure you read all of the information in the consent form carefully. Remember that your participation in a clinical trial is voluntary; you should never feel pressured to join.
If you agree to participate in the study, you will sign the
You will continue to receive information throughout the
Yes, you are free to withdraw at any time, for any reason.
Speak with your UBMD physician or search our database
of UB clinical trials, which lists trials currently enrolling
volunteers, eligibility requirements and contact information for