- The Basics of Participating
- Who Can Participate?
- Why Participate?
- How are Participants Protected?
- Relationship to Usual Health Care
- Questions to Ask
Participating in Clinical Studies
Relationship to Usual Health Care
Typically, participants continue to work with a their usual primary health care provider while enrolled in a clinical study. Most clinical trials provide participants with medical productions or intervention related to the illness or condition being studied, but do not provide extended or complete primary health care. In addition, by having the health care provider work with the research team, the participant can ensure that the study protocol will not conflict with other medication or treatment the participant receives.
The above information is provided by the center for information and study on clinical research participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and patients in the clinical research process ciscrp.org/. Information also provided by clinicaltrials.gov, a service of the National Institute of Health. Additional resources for information and frequently asked questions about clinical trials for patients and their families can be found at: