Once the patient has been hospitalised or had a consultation, their doctor will offer them the opportunity to take part in a research project. To be able to make this decision, the patient will need to understand the project, its goals and potential consequences. Patients must be well-informed and understand the project at hand. The team welcomes patients to ask as many questions as needed and to take some time to reflect in order to make a decision.
If the patient decides to participate, they will need to show that they have agreed to take part by signing a document of consent. The hospital provides a copy of this document.
Once the document of consent is signed, the patient will be included in the trial. This means that they will then have to conform to the research protocol’s requirements (scheduled visits, taking the trial medication, examinations, etc.) and this is mainly for safety reasons.