Are you thinking about participating in a clinical trial? If so, then you might be a little nervous about enrollment. Is the process difficult or complicated? Don’t worry, it’s actually more straightforward than you might think. Below, we’ll share what happens during clinical trial patient enrollment so you can know what to expect.
Before The Trial Begins
There are many steps involved in running a clinical trial. Patient enrollment only happens after months- or even years- of research. By the time the trial is open to patient enrollment, researchers have a very good idea of who should qualify for the study. This means that they will know quickly whether or not you are a good fit.
Answering Initial Questions
If you feel you are a good fit for a clinical trial, you will start by filling out some paperwork. This will include basic information about you and your health. You might be asked to describe your conditions, list any medications you take, and detail other treatments you’ve tried. It’s important to be as detailed as possible.
Talking With Clinicians
Your initial questionnaire is then viewed by the researchers conducting the study. If you meet their criteria, then you will be invited to meet in person. You will be asked to fill out additional medical paperwork and will also be examined by the doctors running the trial. This will include routine procedures like checking your heart rate and blood pressure.
Participating In The Study
If you meet the study criteria, you will then be able to choose if you wish to participate. This is completely voluntary, and patients also have the right to leave at any time. Every clinical trial is run a little differently. However, they all involve regular visits to the clinic, as well as medical treatment. Your medical treatment is free of charge, and some patients might even be compensated for their time in the study.
We’re Here to Answer Your Questions
Clinical trial patient enrollment can be confusing. We’ve put together an FAQ on trial participation that you can view here. Have additional questions? We’re here to help. Call DM Clinical Research to learn more about our trials- and also how you can participate.