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About Clinical Trials @ Partners


What is Clinical Research? What are research studies?

Clinical research is research that looks at health and illness in people. This type of research helps us learn how to better care for people who are ill, and how to help healthy people stay healthy. Researchers might use a clinical research study to learn more about a certain part of health and illness, such as a medication or treatment.


Why should I take part in clinical research?

If you take part in a clinical trial, you will help researchers to learn more about health and illness, and improve the way doctors take care of patients. Many people feel good about taking part in research because they are helping advance medicine. Some people take part in research to honor a friend or family member affected by a certain illness. They often say they feel proud to support their loved one in this way.

Beyond feeling good about helping improve medical treatment, you may also get access to care or treatment, or be given money, gift cards, or other items for your time. You may also learn more about your personal health. Be sure to ask about any benefits before choosing to take part in a research study.


How am I protected?

All studies posted on Clinical Trials @ Partners must be reviewed and approved by a group of doctors, scientists and patients called a "review board." The review board will make sure the study is safe, ethical and truly needs to be done.

There are also federal laws and hospital rules that studies must follow to protect the people taking part in the study. The review board will make sure the study is following these laws and rules.

Before you agree to take part in a study, someone from the study team will speak with you to answer any question, go over the risks and benefits of participating, and go over what you might be asked to do. You can decide whether you want to take part in the study. (See 'If I say I am interested in a project, am I required to take part in the study?')

If you change your mind at any time, even after the study begins, you are free to no longer take part in the study. You should let a member of the study team know if you decide to withdraw, so they can help you do so safely.


What is Clinical Trials @ Partners?

Clinical Trials @ Partners is a service to help you take part in research going on at Partners HealthCare. Whether you are looking for research in a certain health area or want to learn more about studies you might qualify for, Clinical Trials @ Partners can help you easily and quickly find the right study for you. You can also use this site to help research teams design their studies and to learn more about how research is done.


How do I find studies?

You can browse available research projects by the health topic the project is studying. You can also use search to find studies that interest you. Enter the things you are interested in. Use the filters to narrow your search down by things like location and activities that may be included in participation.


How do I search for studies recruiting healthy volunteers or healthy controls?

From the clinicaltrials.partners.org home page, click "Browse Healthy Volunteer Projects" (below the large search bar). You can also type "healthy volunteers" into the search bar to find all projects recruiting healthy volunteers.


What happens after I click "I Am Interested"?

After you click "I Am Interested" and submit your contact details, someone from the study team will reach out to you. They will explain what you would need to do if you decided to join the trial. They will also explain the risks and benefits of the study, and answer any questions you have. They may ask you questions about yourself and your medical history, or even ask you to come in for an initial visit. Together, you can decide whether the study is a good fit for you.


If I say I am interested in a project, am I required to take part in the study?

No! Before you agree to take part in a study, someone from the study team will go over the details and review any possible risks and benefits with you so you can make an informed decision.

If you do choose to take part in a study, you are free to change your mind at any time, even after the study begins. You should let a member of the study team know if you decide to stop participating so they can help you do so safely.



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