Speaking with your doctor

If you’re considering participation in a clinical research study, you should speak with your doctor first. Since your physician knows you, your health and your history with Crohn’s disease, he or she can help determine whether a clinical research trial is right for you.

Provide your doctor with information on these studies and ask for their input.

Here are some questions to keep in mind when speaking with your doctor:

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of participating in a clinical research trial?
  2. Can I only join a study if no other treatments work?
  3. If I join a study, will I need to see a new doctor?
  4. Will I be allowed to continue to see you as my doctor if I join a trial?
  5. What kind of medical support system will I have if I participate in a study?
  6. Other than one of these studies, what are my other options?
  7. Will I be able to try other treatments later, even if I enroll in a study?