Understanding clinical trials
Information to help you understand clinical trials
Some questions to ask:
- What will actually happen during the research?
- Will I or my child be helped by the research?
- Who will benefit from the research?
- Are there any risks in taking part?
- What will happen if I don’t take part?
- Will I receive any money for taking part?
Some points to consider:
- You may not personally be helped by the research study.
- In the future, the research results could help others.
- Taking part in research is completely voluntary.
- You can withdraw from a research trial at any time without explanation.
Other helpful information:
Watch this video of Dr Karen Best from our Child Nutrition Research Centre, SAHMRI Healthy Mothers Babies & Children talking about the importance of clinical trials and how she got into this research field.
Karen says: “Improvements in healthcare do not just happen, quality clinical research is essential to ensure that advances in preventative health and new treatments for disease are based on high-quality evidence. I am so grateful to every person who decides to be a part of a clinical trial. It’s an incredibly generous act. The women taking part in our clinical trial are helping countless women and their babies in the future.”