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A clinical trial is a test to measure the effectiveness and/or safety of a new product or medical procedure.
Clinical trials must follow an approved protocol or standard method of testing that covers everything from how patients are evaluated before entering the trial to how the product is used during the trial and how patient results are collected and measured. This is done to reduce as much as possible the potential effects of unrelated factors and determine as accurately as possible if the product is working as it is designed to work.
It is possible that you will be asked to participate in a clinical trial. Choosing to participate in a clinical study is an important personal decision.
If you’re interested in participating in a clinical study you should know as much as possible about the study and feel comfortable asking the research team questions about the study, the related procedures and any expenses.
You will need to sign a patient informed consent form. This document contains information of all aspects of the trial that are relevant to the your participation. Please read it carefully and remember that your willingness to participate in a particular trial is voluntarily and freely given.
Clinical studies can take place in many locations, including hospitals, universities, doctors’ offices, and community clinics. The location depends on who is conducting the study.