For many patients and their families, the opportunity to be involved in a memory disorder clinical trial and potentially access a new treatment can be an appealing prospect. However, taking part in clinical research is not for everyone, there are both benefits and risks.
Risks and benefits of memory clinical research
- access to new treatments
- close monitoring and support by a specialist clinical team
- a rewarding experience which can help our future generation with memory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- the new treatment is not guaranteed to be effective
- less may be known about the side effects of a new drug
- there is a chance that you will be taking placebo medication throughout the trial
- memory clinical trials can be time consuming and requires commitment from the participant and usually a family member or friend.
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