Eligibility and Trial Participation

There are certain requirements which must be met to be eligible to participate in a clinical trial. These requirements are based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of disease, previous and current treatments, and other medical conditions. Medical insurance is not required to participate in clinical trials or to receive study-related medical care and services.

As a participant, you may be asked to:

  • Take investigational drugs as directed
  • Come in for office visits
  • Have laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Receive, at no cost, study-related medical care

Potential Risks and Benefits

According to the National Institutes of Health (www.clinicaltrials.gov), there are multiple benefits and risks associated with participating in a clinical trial.


Clinical trials that are well-designed and well-executed are an approach for eligible participants to:

  • Play an active role in their own health care
  • Gain access to new investigational compounds
  • Help others by contributing to medical research


There are risks to clinical trials:

  • There may be unpleasant, serious or even life-threatening side effects to experimental treatment.
  • The protocol may require more time and attention than would a non-protocol treatment, including trips to the study site, more treatments, hospital stays or complex dosage requirements.

A medical ethics group will oversee the clinical trial to ensure all participants are being appropriately treated. If you are dissatisfied at any time, you are free to leave the trial.

You should talk with your doctor and carefully consider both the potential benefits and risks of participation before enrolling in a clinical trial; however, if you qualify, the actual decision whether to participate is yours to make.

Contact information

  • CarePoint Health Research InstituteChrist Hospital (3E)
    176 Palisade Ave
    Jersey City NJ 07306
    Phone: 201.795.8554
    Fax: 201.683.2718