Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must qualify for the study and live in the Greater Rochester area. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others need healthy participants. All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. A specific criteria for each individual study is an important principle of medical research that helps to produce reliable results. These criteria are based on factors such as:
- Type and stage of a disease
- Previous treatment history
- Other medical conditions
It is important to note that the criteria is not used to reject people personally. Instead, the criteria are used to identify appropriate participants and keep them safe. All criteria help to ensure researchers are able to answer the questions they plan to study.