What are my rights as a patient?

As a clinical study participant, you have certain patient rights prior to and during a research study. If you are eligible for a clinical study, you will be provided with information to assist you in deciding whether or not to participate. You should consider patient rights and be familiar with them before enrolling yourself in any trial and throughout the duration of the clinical study in which you are participating.

Your Patient Rights Before Enrollment:

  • Know all the information about potential benefits and risks of the trial.
  • Know the plan for the study, such as how long it will last, where it will be conducted, etc.
  • Know what is expected of you during the study.
  • Ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have about the study.

Your Patient Rights After Enrollment:

  • Decline participation or withdraw from the trial at any time without prejudice or loss of future treatment. (Participation is totally voluntary. However, you should intend on completing the trial before enrolling.)
  • Ask questions at any time concerning the study drug.
  • Be kept informed of any significant new finding(s) that may affect your willingness to continue participation.

Common Questions:

What are Clinical Research Trials?
Why Participate in a Clinical Study?
What’s the difference between a Clinical Trial and Treatment?
How are Drugs Tested?
Additional Questions for Your Primary Physician

Learn About Clinical Studies:

Florida Clinical Research Resources
Types of Clinical Research Trials
Phase I Clinical Trials
Phase II Clinical Trials
Phase III Clinical Trials
Phase IV Clinical Trials
Clinical Trial Glossary
Clinical Trials History
Finding a Study

Understand Your Rights:

NIH Patient Bill of Rights
Legal, Ethical & Safety Issues
Patient Privacy
Informed Consent

Clinical Trial Indications