Are there risks and drawbacks of participating in health research or clinical studies?

All health research studies and clinical studies may involve some degree of risk. For studies that only ask you to fill out a survey, the risks are minor, such as possibly asking you questions that could make you uncomfortable. For studies that ask you to take an experimental drug, the risks can be much greater; such as having negative side effects. The study coordinator will go over all of the risks and benefits of a study with you before you enroll. These will also be explained through the  ‘Informed Consent’ process. Each individual must weigh the risks and benefits to decide for themselves if the study is something they want to be involved in. If you have any concerns about potential risks, make sure you ask the study team.