What Protection do Participants Have?

The ethical and legal codes that govern medical practice apply to clinical trials.

Clinical research is federally regulated with built-in safeguards to protect patients.

Each protocol is approved by a Research Ethics Board which reviews the protocol to ensure that the research will not expose patients to extreme or unethical risks.

All patients in clinical trials are carefully monitored during treatment and follow-up.

Studies are planned to safeguard the medical and psychological health of patients as well as to answer research questions. If the treatment is not helping the patient, the doctor can decide to take the patient off the study. Also, if there is firm evidence that one method of treatment is better than the others in a study, the trial is stopped and all patients in the trial are given benefit of the information.