Questions To Ask Before Joining A Clinical Trial

Here is a list of questions you should ask before joining a clinical trial:

  • How often do I have to visit the study site and how long will each visit take?
  • What should I do If I miss an appointment?
  • What should I do if I get sick or experience side effects while participating in the study?
  • Does the informed consent form list all the risks and benefits?
  • Can I participate in therapy while I’m in the trial?
  • Will I get any compensation for participating in the trial?
  • Will I need to return to the site once the trial is over?
  • How can I find the results of the trial?
  • What alternative therapies are available?
  • Can I take nonprescription (over-the-counter) drugs or complementary therapies while I’m in this trial?
  • Can I use prescription drugs while I am participating in clinical trials?
  • Can I take other experimental drugs?
  • Will the lab tests cost me anything?
  • Will I get the results of these tests?
  • Will I get the study drug once the trials are over?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of my drug?
  • What are the possible immediate and long-term side effects of this drug?

If you have any more questions about clinical trials, need answers to the questions listed above, or are interested in participating please contact Maria Cano at (305) 871-7010 or email her at


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