The choice to become part of a research study is often motivated by more than a personal desire for the latest medical advances. Participation is an act of service. Participants are the most important ingredient in the study and play the most vital role in advancing medical knowledge that could benefit millions of people.
Taking part in a research study offers potential benefits and may pose some risks not associated with standard medical care using FDA-approved drugs, medical devices, vaccines and other biological agents. It’s important that participants look at all aspects of the study, including lifestyle changes or time requirements, to determine if participation is realistic. Remember, there is no obligation to stay in a clinical trial once enrolled – a participant has the right to leave a study at any time.