One of the big issues around clinical trials is “awareness” or, what trial is available, where is it, what is the contact information, is it open, what is the eligibility criteria, etc. It is well-known that the “main” clinical trial finder at ClinicalTrials.gov is difficult to navigate for the average patient.

Currently, there are other trial finders on other websites that may be more patient friendly and easy-to-use. Some even offer a helpline or specialist navigators who can help you through the process.

Consider a Clinical Trial

Talk with your medical team about this option. Some good questions to ask are the following (questions are from NIH.gov)

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • Who is sponsoring the study, and who has reviewed and approved it?
  • What kinds of tests, medicines, surgery, or devices are involved? Are any procedures painful?
  • What are the possible risks, side effects, and benefits of taking part in the study?
  • How might this trial affect my daily life? Will I have to be in the hospital?
  • How long will the trial last?
  • Who will pay for the tests and treatments I receive?
  • Will I be reimbursed for other expenses (for example, travel and child care)?
  • Who will be in charge of my care?
  • What will happen after the trial?

This site provides general information. Please talk to your own doctor to make healthcare decisions that are right for you.