Your participation leads to answers

Today’s treatments are available thanks to people who participated in research.  Ask your doctor or  health care provider about research studies that are looking for participants.  Download the brochure to learn how can get involved in research at VCH.


If you are interested in participating in a research study, you likely have some questions. Here are a few suggestions to help guide you:

  • What are the possible benefits and risks?
  • What will I be asked to do as a research participant?
  • How much time will the research study take?
  • Where and when will the testing occur?
  • Will any of my expenses be reimbursed? 
  • Will I be paid for my participation? 

If you will be participating in a clinical trial that involves an experimental drug or device:

  • What do researchers already know about the experimental drug or device?
  • Why do researchers believe this drug or device might work in patients with my condition?
  • What side effects might occur and what should I do if I have any?
  • If the treatment works for me, can I keep using it after the clinical trial? What will be the cost of continued usage?
  • Will my doctor be informed of my involvement in the clinical trial? Will I be informed of the results?

Make sure all of your questions are answered to your satisfaction before participating.

FAQs about Clinical Trials

In Canada, clinical trials are conducted with oversight from Health Canada, and in the United States clinical trials are conducted with oversight from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All clinical trials conducted at Vancouver Coastal Health are approved by a UBC Research Ethics Board. 

Learn more about clinical trials in general at N2 Canada.