Why would I want to participate in a clinical trial?

You or your child may wish to participate in a clinical trial for a variety of reasons. Researchers can not discover new cures without your help. It can be a rewarding and satisfying experience, as well an opportunity for you to contribute to the development of innovative, “cutting-edge” medical treatment. You could be part of a process that is critical in the development of medications. All medications must go through this process to become FDA approved. These studies are performed to determine how well the medication works or how long its effects can last.

You will gain unique access to experts in a particular disorder, especially in rare neurological disorders. Consulting physicians who are affiliated with a particular study will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss either your, or your child’s disorder. You will be able to ask detailed questions, free of charge.

Individuals who volunteer for phase II and III trials can gain access to promising drugs long before these compounds are approved for the general public. Study participants will be closely monitored and will receive comprehensive medical attention from highly skilled professionals who are readily available to answer questions. In most studies, you will receive diagnostic testing, examinations, and treatment without charge. This can help offset expenses that would otherwise make it difficult for you to receive care without insurance coverage. We may be able to compensate you for your time and travel.

What are the Benefits and Risks?

Participating in a clinical trial can entail both benefits and risks. However, the risk is present everywhere, in every area of ​​life, including medical care. As for clinical trials, most side effects are temporary and generally disappear over time once treatment has ended. While in some studies participants can experience long-term adverse reactions or require medical attention. Some side effects may show up during treatment, but others may not appear until after treatment has finished.

Some investigational products can cause serious or even life-threatening side effects. Thus, clinical trials can pose health risks to participants, as the safety and side effects of the investigational products being tested are not yet fully known.

Potential risks from participating in a clinical trial are described in detail in the informed consent statement, which has to be signed prior to any study assessments are performed. Besides, you can ask your questions and a member of the research team will explain all possible side effects or other risks of the treatment. You should think carefully before deciding to take part in the research. It is important to understand that participating in a study may not be of direct benefit to you. But your participation can help drive medical research forward to benefit others.

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