You provide comfort, care, and knowledge. You help tend to your loved one’s needs. We appreciate the important role that you, as a caregiver, play in supporting your friend or family member.
All clinical trials are different, but some tasks are similar regardless of the study your loved one has joined. We hope the information provided here is helpful as you prepare to assist the participant on his or her clinical trial journey.
Ways to support a loved one in a clinical trial
Review the informed consent document to learn about the requirements of the study, including the study activities. This can help with planning for appointments and other activities.
Take note of potential side effects that may occur, as explained in the “Potential Risks” section of the informed consent document. Then, help your loved one identify changes and side effects throughout the study. These should be reported to the clinical study team.
Keep in mind that both you and the participant are always free to ask the study team any questions you have. Being an active listener and taking notes during any appointments you attend may also be helpful.
Speak directly with the study team to ask medical or logistical questions. These may include whether participant support services are available, such as study-related transportation reimbursement.
Listen and speak openly with your loved one about the study and how you can provide support.
Remember to take care of yourself, too. Consider connecting with other caregivers or loved ones who can help offer you support.