Whether you’ve been asked to participate in a clinical trial or you’re considering volunteering for one, you’ll have questions.

This site provides the answers. From why clinical trials matter and why you might be asked to join one; to what to expect when taking part, and the potential risks and benefits of doing so, it aims to make you feel better informed and more at ease.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials

What is a clinical trial and what types of trial are available?

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Taking part

Taking part

Who can participate in a clinical trial, and why might you be asked or volunteer to do so?

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What to expect

What to expect

What does a clinical trial involve?

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Explaining the jargon

Explaining the jargon

What is everyone talking about? The language of clinical trials demystified.

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Ending a trial

Ending a trial

Why do clinical trials come to an end?

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Helpful external resources

Helpful resources

Where can I find more information?

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“Straightforward and comprehensive, Dr Elizabeth Walder’s guide to clinical trials gives us a clear overview of one of the most complex parts of clinical research. Taking us through each part of the trial process, from their functions to their follow-up, in plain, every-day language, Dr Walder’s guide offers an accessible way to ensure patients know all they need to know to help them join in and stay in a trial. A useful resource for trial organisers and participants alike.”
Professor Atholl Johnston, FFPM, FBPhS, FRCPath. President of CCRA