Taking part in a clinical trial: What you must know25-05-2021
A person may decide to participate in a clinical trial for several reasons, such as:
- To have the chance to play a more active role in disease discovery, treatment and prevention.
- To have access to new investigational drugs to treat their disease before they are commercially available.
When participation is agreed, after meeting inclusion criteria and because the information received is considered satisfactory, the document called “Informed Consent” must be signed both by the participant and the investigator who has provided all the information.
It should be noted that, upon deciding to take part in a clinical trial, the participant assumes a series of responsibilities, such as attending study visits and following the instructions received. But the participant must also know that he/she may leave the study whenever he/she may consider it necessary, without giving any reasons and without this affecting any subsequent medical care to treat his/her disease.
It is also important to bear in mind that a participant may be withdrawn from the trial by any of the investigators, whether for safety reasons or because they think that the participant is not following the established procedures. In either case, the participant will be given an adequate explanation of the reason for withdrawal.