Are there any benefits and/or risks to being in a research study?
Research studies may be beneficial for its participants. Research studies help the participant take an active role in their own health care as well as gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available. Also, by being a participant you are helping others by contributing to medical research. Patients are the most important part of research!
As with all medical treatments, there are risks to participating. All known risks are fully disclosed. Some risks may include unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening side effects or it may not be effective at all for an individual participants. Some of the research studies may require more time and clinic visits. Lastly, experimental treatments must be evaluated for both immediate and long-term side effects.