How to Apply
After you go through these questions and still find that there is a clinical trial suitable for your needs, you will now have to contact the team running the trial.
- Get in touch with the team running the trial – Here are a few ways that you can contact the clinical trial team;
- You can contact the team directly. The phone number of a person you can reach out to for more information is usually included in the protocol summary. When you call this number, you should ask to speak to the trial coordinator. The trial coordinator can answer questions from both the patients and their doctors and it is also their job to determine whether you are likely to be eligible to join the trial. Nevertheless, a final decision will probably be made after you have met the doctor who is part of the trial team.
- You can ask your doctor to help you contact the clinical trial team for you. There are some questions the trial coordinator may ask about your diagnosis or overall health that you may not be able to answer. Your doctor will be in a better position to help you answer such questions.
- The trial team may contact you directly using the email address or the phone number that you used when registering to use the clinical trial listing service website.
Whether you contact the clinical trial team directly or ask your doctor to help you do it, it is important to try and get answers to all the questions that you may have. This will help you decide whether to rule out this particular trial or give it a go. Here are some questions you might consider asking.
Should you have any more questions or concerns, you can direct them to your doctor and discuss them to help you reach a final decision. Your doctor can also help you shed some light on the potential risks and benefits of all the treatment options available for your condition including the clinical trial. This will help you compare standard treatment for your condition to treatment in a clinical trial. You may reach a decision to proceed with seeking clinical trial treatment or not. This will be entirely your choice.
- Make an appointment – If you decide to join a specific clinical trial, for which you are eligible, you should schedule an appointment and visit the team running the trial. They will then vet your eligibility and if fit, you can start the clinical trial.
It is important to get all questions regarding cost answered even before you decide to take part in the trial. In most cases the study sponsors will cover all costs associated with special tests, procedures or extra visits to the doctor. It is however not right to assume that they will be covered by the sponsor and to find out how they will be covered so that nothing comes as a surprise later on.