Questions to Ask When Considering a Study

Here are some questions to ask the research team when you are thinking about a trial or study.

  • What is the purpose?
  • What tests and treatments will be given?
  • What are the risks? What side effects might occur?
  • How long will the study last? How much time will it take at each visit?
  • Where and when will the testing occur? How frequent are the visits?
  • Can I continue treatments for Lewy body dementia and other conditions as prescribed by my regular doctor?
  • How will you keep my doctor informed about my participation in the trial?
  • Does the study compare standard and experimental treatments?
  • How will the trial affect my everyday activities?
  • If I withdraw, will this affect my normal care?
  • Will I learn the results of my tests? Of the study overall?
  • What are the chances that I will receive a placebo?
  • What steps ensure my privacy?
  • Will my expenses be reimbursed?
  • Will I be paid?

General Information About Research Participation

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Clinical Research Trials and You:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
Participating in Clinical Trials: The FDA regulates all U.S. clinical trials of drugs and devices and offers information and resources for clinical trial participants and professionals.

Source: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health, Participating in Alzheimer’s Research