As with many medical and health related activities, there are risks to consider when participating in a clinical research trial. When thinking about the risks associated with clinical research participation – you should focus on these two things:
- The degree of harm that could result from taking part in the study
- The chance of any harm occurring
Keep in mind too, you will be in the care of top-notch physicians so if there is any risk – you are with a team of doctors who will respond quickly and adequately. The researchers prior to the study will be able to answer all of your questions pertaining to the risk of the study. Also, the specific risks associated with any research protocol are described in great detail in the consent document that you will sign prior to participating.