The Responsibilities of Study Participants

May 30 , 2020

When conducting clinical trials, not only do the researchers and sponsors have ethical responsibilities, but the participants do as well. A study can only run smoothly if there is proper compliance on both ends. Here are some of the ways that subject responsibility comes into play.

A clinical trial is a process of mutual trust between researchers and subjects, and the role of the subject is just as important as the role of the researchers and investigator. A subject’s ethical responsibility starts at the informed consent stage. It is essential that they answer all questions truthfully and carefully weigh the pros and cons of participating in a clinical research study. If a prospective participant gives false responses to any inquiry, they are putting the trial at risk of failure and themselves at risk of harm. Also, study subjects should frequently update staff members of any side effects or symptoms of their treatment, so they do not compromise their safety and so they provide data points for the research team to note. Therefore, participants must be forthright during the enrollment process and throughout the study.

Compliance with the testing protocol is another imperative part of a participant’s job. A lack of compliance can cause bias in the testing results and even puts the patient at risk of getting hurt. Adherence to all aspects of the protocols applies to both the researchers and the study subjects. Such behavior ensures data integrity, proper assessment of disease treatments and probable future benefits for patients seeking this treatment for years to come. A crucial component of compliance is communication and cooperation with the researchers. Participants should communicate in frequent intervals about how treatments are impacting them so that the risks and benefits of the therapy can be assessed correctly.

When choosing a clinical trial to participate in, we recommend learning more about subject responsibility and the risks involved. Furthermore, opt into a study for the right reasons. Often, patients take interest in studies for medical benefits and economic benefits, and provide false information to stay qualified. Only participate with the right qualifications because it protects accuracy of the study outcome and the health and safety of everybody who is involved.