Understanding Clinical Trials

Find resources to help explain what it means to participate in a clinical trial - an important first step for people considering volunteering.

How Clinical Trials Work

The idea for a clinical trial often starts in the lab. After researchers test new treatments or procedures in the lab, the most promising treatments are moved into clinical trials. As new treatments move through a series of steps called phases, more information is gained about the treatment, its risks, and how effective it is.

A graphic showing the phases of vaccine trials.

 

Volunteering for a Clinical Trial

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Volunteering for a Clinical Trial

Many people aren’t sure if volunteering for a clinical trial is the right decision. A few important facts about how all clinical trial volunteers are protected may help someone make a better decision. Points to consider include:

  • Joining a research study is completely voluntary.
  • All study volunteers go through a process called informed consent before the trial starts to make sure they understand all of the risks and benefits of being in a study.
  • Volunteers may leave a study at any time and for any reason.

Resources

Clinical Trial Resources You Can Share

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Is a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Right For Me?

What to expect when you volunteer for a vaccine clinical trial

  • PublisherNIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypeJPG
  • File Size1.12MB
Infographic
Why do researchers do different kinds of clinical studies?

Summary of different types of clinical studies and why scientists use them

  • PublisherNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size317KB
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Human Research Volunteer Information Videos

Collection of videos from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on the basics of clinical research

  • PublisherU.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
  • LanguageEnglish
Website
Educational Resources

Additional NIH webpages with educational resources on clinical studies

  • PublisherNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
Website
Finding a Clinical Trial

NIH resource to find a clinical trial near you

  • PublisherNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
Website
Personal Stories

Personal stories from volunteers and researchers

  • PublisherNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • LanguageEnglish
Infografía
¿Me conviene participar en ensayos clínicos de vacunas contra el COVID-19?

Qué puedes anticipar cuando eres voluntario en un ensayo clínico para combatir el #COVID19.

  • EditorNIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)
  • IdiomaEspañol
  • Tipo de archivoJPG
  • Tamaño del archivo1.12MB
Sitio Web
Aprenda más sobre la investigación clínica de los NIH

Información sobre cómo participar en un ensayo clínico y más.

  • EditorNational Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • IdiomaEspañol
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¿Qué significa aleatorizar?

El siguiente video explica el concepto de la aleatorización en los estudios de investigación.

  • EditorUniversity of New Mexico
  • IdiomaEspañol
  • Duración03:04
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Videos acerca de la participación en investigaciones científicas

La Oficina de Protecciones para la Investigación Humana ("OHRP", en inglés) ha creado estos cortos videos que contienen datos básicos acerca de las investigaciones científicas.

  • EditorU.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • IdiomaEspañol

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To find an effective #COVID19 vaccine, we need adults of all races, ethnicities and gender identities to participate. Can you help? Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

NIH-funded researchers are conducting #COVID19 vaccine trials in your community. You can help move science forward. Learn more about participating: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

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COVID-19 clinical trials will help us find safe and effective ways to treat and prevent COVID-19. Share information about safety protections and providing informed consent with your community: https://go.usa.gov/xfShb

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Will every vaccine trial volunteer receive a COVID-19 vaccine candidate? Find answers to this and other frequently asked questions about COVID-19 clinical trials: https://www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/clinical-studies-faq

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Does participating in a vaccine clinical trial make you a guinea pig? Find answers to this and other frequently asked questions about #COVID19 clinical trials: https://www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/clinical-studies-faq

Para encontrar una vacuna eficaz contra el #COVID19, necesitamos que adultos de todas las razas, etnias e identidades de género participen en los ensayos clínicos. ¿Usted puede ayudar? Más información: https://covid19community.nih.gov/espanol

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