Questions to Ask the Study Team

Before enrolling in a study, you should obtain answers to the following questions. If you cannot find answers to these questions on the consent form, ask the study investigator or coordinator.

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Below is a list of questions that can be important to ask before deciding to participate:

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • Who is going to be in the study?
  • Why do researchers believe the treatment being tested may be effective?
  • Has the treatment been tested before?
  • How do the risks, possible side effects, and potential benefits in the study compare with my/my child’s current treatment?
  • What kinds of tests and treatments are involved?
  • How might this trial affect my or my child’s daily life?
  • Will I be able to continue to work during the trial?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Will hospitalization be required?
  • Who will pay for the treatment?
  • Will I be reimbursed for expenses such as childcare, transportation, time away from work, etc.?
  • What type of long-term follow up care is part of this study?
  • How will I know that the treatment is working?
  • Who will be in charge of my care during the trial?
  • Will results of the trial be provided to me?