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Participating in a Clinical Trial

There are a lot of important things to think about before deciding to participate in a trial. The informed consent process and document will address some of the questions, but there may be other items to consider.  Read on to learn more about what to consider before participating in a clinical trial.

How to Participate

Global Clinical Studies

To enroll in a clinical study outside the US, check out our list of Current Clinical Trials and click on the "Recruiting" link for the relevant trial.

US Clinical Studies

To enroll in a US clinical study, check out our list of US Clinical Trials and click on the "Recruiting" button for the relevant trial.

Determining Eligibility

photo illustration of a women signing a document as part of a clinical trial

All clinical trials have rules about who can and cannot participate. These rules are called “eligibility criteria” and help make sure that the participants in a trial are safe and that the trial gets the most accurate information about the treatment being researched. The criteria are based on factors such as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions.

A screening process is done to determine if a person can participate in a clinical trial. The screening process involves trial doctors or nurses asking questions over the phone or in person to determine if someone can participate based on the rules of the trial. Then they might do a physical examination or other tests to make sure it is ok to participate in the clinical trial. All of the information that is collected during the screening process is confidential and safely stored where others cannot access it. This includes personal information like names, addresses, health conditions, and any test results.