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'Questions To Ask If You Are Invited To Participate'

In October 1992, the Consumers Association publication 'Which? Way to Health' published a check-list of questions for would-be guinea pigs in clinical trials to ask their doctors:

  • What is the purpose of the study?

  • What will happen to results of the research?

  • Can I have a copy of the results?

  • What are the known risks and side-effects?

  • Will I benefit from taking part in the trial?

  • What can be done to make me better if I get a problem while taking part?

  • What will I have to do if I take part? Will I need lots of blood tests? Will there be lots of hospital visits or forms to fill in?

  • Will I be paid? Will the doctor be paid? By whom and how much?

  • Has the trial been approved by a research ethics committee?

  • Why is the new medicine thought to be an effective alternative to existing treatments?

  • Can I have time to think about whether to take part?

  • Can I have written details to take away with me?

  • Would I get compensation if it all goes wrong for me?

  • What will happen if I change my mind before the end of the trial? Are rebound effects likely when I stop?

  • Would I be able to continue taking the medicine after the end of the trial if I found it useful?

  • Will my heart be monitored after the trial and, if so, for how long?

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