New Campaign To Educate Potential Participants in Clinical Trials
The Partnership for Human Research Protection, a group co-founded by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, on Thursday launched a nationwide campaign to educate potential clinical trial participants about the medical research process, the AP/Los Angeles Times reports.
The campaign focuses on a brochure that explains the risks of trials and lists questions that potential trial participants should ask before they enroll. The brochure, which PHRP will distribute in almost 5,000 U.S. hospitals accredited by JCAHO, recommends that potential trial participants ask:
- Why is this experiment being conducted?
- What are potential side effects?
- Could my condition get worse instead of better if I participate?
- What are my other options?
- Can I drop out if something happens?
- Does the researcher stand to make money from the work?