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Questions to Ask About Participating in a Clinical Trial
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Find clinical trials at Texas Heart Institute and St. Luke's Hospital on www.stlukeshouston.com

As a guideline, here is a potential list of questions to ask if you are thinking about taking part in a clinical trial.

  • What is being studied?
  • What phase is the trial in? (Phase 1, 2, or 3? Remember, the earlier the phase, the more experimental the treatment.)
  • What kinds of tests and treatments will I receive?
  • How long will the clinical trial last?
  • Are there any side effects? Are they different from the side effects of the standard treatment?
  • Who do I contact if I have problems or questions?
  • How often will I have to return for follow-up visits? Where do I go?
  • Will I have to stay in the hospital? 
  • Will it cost me (or my insurance) to participate in this study?
  • Will I be able to see my own doctor? Who will be in charge of my care?
  • Who do I contact if I want to leave the clinical trial?

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Updated October 2013

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