Choosing to participate in clinical research is a personal decision and one that should be made after careful review of all the information provided. Participants in clinical trials play an active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. It is important to remember that if you participate, you will be part of a group that is testing a treatment that has not yet gone through complete testing showing it to be effective and safe. If you wish to participate, you need to find a study that fits into your schedule and to which you will commit to following the instructions provided. Each medication currently available for prescribing was previously part of a research trial and is only now available due to the thousands of patients who were willing to participate in clinical trials.