Clinical Trials Participation
If you are interested in participating in a gout research study, you may review all the details about eligibility and the study protocol to see whether the study is a good match for you.
The Benefits of Participating in Clinical Trials
- If you have a disease that cannot be treated with an existing drug, participation can provide you with new investigational medication before FDA approval.
- You may have the opportunity to test a regimen that would improve your quality of life.
- If you are qualified to participate in a study for a particular disease or condition, and you have had trouble finding good care for your condition, you may gain access to improved care since the investigators involved in the study focus directly on the medical problem being studied.
- The drugs and protocols offered during clinical trials are usually provided at no cost to participants. Patients can consider enrolling in a clinical trial in order to access a research study that may help your medical condition.
- Some patients have no alternatives for treatment and permanent debilitation or death are imminent. In such cases, participation in a clinical trial may give them hope or possibilities that do not exist otherwise.
- You may have interest in the humanitarian reasons to participate; a desire to help other people.
- Perhaps you are just curious about new investigational medication and fit the profile needed for the trial.
The Risks of Participating in Clinical Trials
- With most studies, patients do not know whether they are receiving the experimental medication, or a previously approved drug, or even a placebo.
- There may be side effects or outcomes that are unpleasant.
- The investigational medication being studied may have no positive effect on your health.
- The time and attention required of participants may be long and involved. It may require hours of testing, miles of travel, hospital stays or complicated dosing.
- New doesn’t always mean better.
- Not all clinical trials are as objective as they need to be. Ideally they are set up to be totally objective, but patients are wise to look at who/what organization is doing the investigating to be sure the study is not biased by financial gains that can be made from any specific outcome.
How to Weigh the Risks and Benefits of Participating in Clinical Trials.
In order to participate in a clinical trial, you must be deemed eligible to do so by a number of criteria. Once you know you may qualify to participate, please consider the risks and benefits outlined above. You are encouraged to ask questions of the physician investigator to make sure your participation is a wise decision.
Before you are allowed to participate, you will be asked to review and sign the Informed Consent and Patient Bill of Rights. Your signature indicates you understand the research protocol, your questions and concerns have been adequately addressed, and you accept the terms of the trial.