A research study involving human volunteers that is intended to add to medical knowledge. There are two types of clinical studies: interventional studies and observational studies.
Both healthy volunteers and patients can be enrolled in a study. The eligibility criteria are the key requirements that people who want to participate in a clinical study must meet. Eligibility criteria consist of both inclusion criteria (which are required for a person to participate in the study) and exclusion criteria (which prevent a person from participating).
Some clinical studies will cover your travel expenses and other costs you may incur from participation. Early stage studies are more likely to offer compensation, while Phase II and Phase III studies can sometimes pay too.
A person responsible for the conduct of the clinical trial at a trial site.
An individual, company, institution, or organization which takes responsibility for the initiation, management, and/or financing of a clinical trial.
A process used by researchers to communicate to potential and enrolled participants the risks and potential benefits of participating in a clinical study. Informed consent is documented by means of a written, signed and dated informed consent form.
Yes, even after you sign your informed consent form, you can still leave a clinical study at any time, for any reason.