Physicians discuss who can participate in a clinical trial. Whether a patient can be enrolled in a clinical trial depends on what’s referred to as “eligibility criteria”. Eligibility criteria differ from one clinical trial to the next and there is a great deal of variation. The highest priority for a clinical trial is to minimize the potential for serious risk and harm. It is a lot of work to have a patient enroll in a clinical trial and it requires careful explanation and discussion on the pros and cons to make sure it is the right fit for that person and that they are truly comfortable with the decision to participate.
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