Questions to Ask When Considering a Clinical Trial

If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, here are some questions you may want to ask:

  1. What phase is this trial?
  2. What do we know right now about the treatment being tested and what is unknown?
  3. What is the purpose of the trial?
  4. What is the chance that this trial will benefit my child?
  5. What would my child’s treatment be if he/she does not participate in the trial?
  6. Are there extra tests my child would have to undergo if he/she participates in the trial?
  7. What will I or my insurance be charged for and what will the trial pay for during the trial?
  8. If my child gets sick or is hospitalized during the trial, who will pay for that?
  9. Is the trial randomized?
  10. Is there a placebo or blinding, or will I know what treatment my child is taking?
  11. Who is paying for the clinical trial research? Is it the company producing the drug?
  12. Does my child receive any type of financial reimbursement for participating in this trial?