As of February 2023, there are a total of 440,875 active clinical studies across the world.
It’s hard to believe that with so many active clinical trials, there still needs to be more information for participants. Preparing for a clinical trial can be overwhelming and stressful. There are numerous tasks that you need to do before starting.
We’ve put together this guide so you can have a list of things to do before the clinical trial process begins. Read on to start the trial without worrying about finances and your job.
Before your clinical trial appointment, you should know all your rights. One of the most important rights is the right to understand everything about the clinical trial.
This includes all the processes, risks, and benefits. If you need clarification on something, speak up. Your provider will explain everything to you as often as you need whenever you need or want.
You have the right to privacy, meaning your medical and personal information is confidential and can’t be shared. You can also leave the trial whenever you want. After the study, you have the right to see your data.
Typically, the cost of the trial is covered for you. However, you will need to be aware of other expenses related to the clinical trial.
The cost of traveling to and from the facility needs to be considered. If the site is close to your home, then the cost of gas may be low.
If you have children, you will need to arrange childcare, which can be expensive. You’ll also need to factor in the loss of income if you cannot work during the paid clinical trial process.
Now, when it comes to your employment, there are a few decisions you need to make. You and your healthcare provider only know your participation in a clinical trial. It’s your decision if you want to tell people or not.
You’ll need to discuss it with your employer if you have to take time off from work. You may have extra vacation days, so you wouldn’t have to explain. While it’s not likely, if you feel your job is in jeopardy because of your participation, contact an attorney right away.
If the trials require you to miss work, you can offer to work from home or pick up extra missed hours. You are communicating with your company about the time off you need is best done as soon as possible. Coordinating with them will make the process a lot easier and less stressful.
Preparing For A Clinical Trial
Taking part in paid clinical trials can be a great opportunity. It also requires some work on your part. As you can see, there are many things that you’ll need to take care of and get in order before you start.