Frequently Asked Questions about Research Participation
An Introduction to Research - Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing to be in a clinical research study is an important personal decision. Your Decision!
When thinking about volunteering for a clinical research study, it is important to make a informed decision. This information is to help you with that choice.
It is also often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a study.
Synonyms Used in Research
The activity known as "research" can be referred to by many names:
- Clinical Trial
- Research study
- Clinical Research Study or Trial
Likewise, individuals volunteering to be in a research study are referred to by many names:
- Study or Research Participant
- Research or Clinical Subject
(Please note: Research professionals do not refer to human subjects as "guinea pigs"; unfortunately, this term is often refered to when individuals think of research participation.)
- Why participate in a clinical trial?
- Where do the ideas for trials come from?
- Who sponsors clinical trials?
- What is a protocol?
- What is a placebo?
- What is a control or control group?
- What are the different types of clinical trials?
- What are the phases of clinical trials?
- What is an "expanded access" protocol?
Participation in Clinical Trials
For those considering participation in a clinical trial, the following frequently asked questions are important in understanding the role of the participant and the unique process of clinical trials.
- Who can participate in a clinical trial?
- What happens during a clinical trial?
- What is informed consent?
- What kind of preparation should a potential participant make for the meeting with the research coordinator or doctor?
- What should people consider before participating in a trial?
- Does a participant continue to work with a primary health care provider while in a trial?
- What are side effects and adverse reactions?
- What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?
- How is the safety of the participant protected?
- Can a participant leave a clinical trial after it has begun?
In addition: If you have a child considering participation in a clinical trial, the following online video by Children's Hospital Boston is worth viewing Interactive Parents' Guide to Medical Research
Research reviewed by Aspirus Wausau Hospital IRB
If you or a loved one are interested in participating in a research study/trial or would like more information on the research being conducted in Wausau & surrounding communities that Aspirus Wausau Hospital IRB has reviewed please contact the following research facilities or the IRB Office.