The clinical trial protocol defines clinical trial participation requirements, and every patient must meet the requirements before enrollment. After you provide your consent to join a trial, you’ll undergo a series of diagnostic tests to see if you qualify.
If you qualify, you may be given a treatment to use during the trial. The protocol may require the treatment to be masked or blinded to prevent the false perception that one treatment is better than the other. If treatment is blinded, you may not know what treatment you receive.
You’ll participate in a series of medical and physical examinations to measure the effects of the treatment over the trial duration. Trial duration, clinic visits and testing schedules vary from protocol to protocol. Some protocol procedures may be done at the Principal Investigator’s clinic, and some may be completed by you at home.
At the end of the trial, data from your visits and testing will be collected, pooled with patients from other sites and analyzed to see if the treatment has a real medical benefit. The data you contribute during participation is very important to understanding treatment effects, so you’re encouraged to complete the trial to the end. Your data will be used to advance science and improve medical care for patients like you.