When a clinical trial gets over, it is the responsibility of the research team to analyze minutely the information gathered during the study. This will help them to understand if any further testing is required. However, the next steps would be based on the phase of testing that the trial was in.
After both the phases of the trial, they would decide whether to carry on with the treatment in the next phase or to stop.
After the 3rd trial is done, the researchers compare whether the new treatments were effective enough than the rest and whether the side effects are less. If such is the case, they submit a New Drug Application to the FDA, so that this can become the new benchmark of the medical practice.
This guide will answer the probable questions that you might have after participating in a study.
How to provide feedback on your experience in the study?
Conduct exit interviews with the patients are one of the common ways of researchers to get feedback after a trial. The patients are allowed to speak about the drawbacks and benefits of the trial experience for better understanding. Some questions asked are:
- What did you expect before starting with the study?
- Name the symptoms which were important for you to improve.
These interviews mainly focus on your experiences during the study and are used to discuss the results of the trial with the participants.
Some of the topics included during the discussion of the study results are:
- Did you receive the treatment that is being studied or something different?
- Have you answered research questions?
Ways to find the published results of the study where you had participated
The study is generally organized by many hospitals; there it takes time to get published. Once, all the hospitals is through with their trials, the sites collect data from the clinical research organization who prepares a note about the findings.
You can find the publications by inquiring about the sponsor or searching on PubMed. If you feel the need, you can also ask the researchers to recheck the results together. Some questions which you can ask the researchers are:
- Explain the significant findings of the study.
- When will the treatment be stepping on to the next phase of clinical trials?
How to access the new treatment once the clinical trial ends
Once you are done with participating in a study, you are in a dilemma of whether to continue access to the treatment that was being provided to you. The researchers must inform you about the availability of the treatment after the study. They should brief you about the process even before the study begins.
Some of the ways the participants can access the study treatment are mentioned below:
- Participants have the option to purchase the new treatment after the study ends without disclosing.
- There are many instances where the manufacturer of the treatment would make it available to the participants even after the study ends.
Readjusting to normal life after the completion of the trial will take time. Prioritize your health and do things that you love, and this will help you in smooth transitioning.