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Clinical Trials

You may have heard the term clinical trial and have questions about what a clinical trial is and how it works. The American Liver Foundation is here to help. This guide contains information on what a clinical trial is, who is involved, how the process works, potential risks and benefits, and much more.

Learn as much as you can about clinical trials. Deciding to participate in a clinical trial is a team effort! It involves talking to your doctor, your family and caregivers, and the clinical trial team to see if it is an option for you.

ClinicalTrials.gov is the most comprehensive resource of available trials.

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  • Are there clinical trials which you participate in?
  • Where can I go to check and see about new studies?
  • What is the process of getting signed up for a study?
  • Have any of your patients successfully finished a study with good results?
  • Will a researcher make you aware of the study process?
  • What is being studied?
  • Why do researchers believe the intervention being tested might be effective? Why might it not be effective? Has it been tested before?
  • What are the possible interventions that I might receive during the trial?
  • How will it be determined which interventions I receive (for example, by chance)?
  • Who will know which intervention I receive during the trial? Will I know? Will members of the research team know?
  • How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits of this trial compare with those of my current treatment?
  • What will I have to do?
  • What tests and procedures are involved?
  • How often will I have to visit the hospital or clinic?
  • Will hospitalization be required?
  • How long will the study last?
  • Who will pay for my participation?
  • Will I be reimbursed for other expenses?
  • What type of long-term follow-up care is part of this trial?
  • If I benefit from the intervention, will I be allowed to continue receiving it after the trial ends?
  • Will results of the study be provided to me?
  • Who will oversee my medical care while I am participating in the trial?
  • What are my options if I am injured during the study?

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