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Becoming a participant

Every research project needs participants to be the subjects of the study. If you’re a participant, you might be asked to:

  • attend a focus group (a group who meet to give feedback on a particular subject)
  • have a blood test
  • take a treatment – this could be a new medication or a current or ‘dummy’ drug with no active ingredient (placebo) to test the new treatment against
  • have an x-ray
  • attend a special research clinic
  • talk to a researcher.

Before you become involved in the project, the researcher will clearly explain what you’ll need to do. If you’re going to be involved in a treatment trial, you may need to have certain tests before you can take part in the research. This might be to make sure you’re in good health or to find out certain things about your physical condition so the researchers can see if they’re affected during the study.

You may need tests during the trial to look at the effects of the treatment. You may be asked to avoid doing things that could affect the results, for example researchers might ask you to stop drinking alcohol before or during the study.


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