Myth: My doctor knows best; he or she can tell me whether or not I should consent to participate in clinical research.
Answer: False. Your doctor is likely to be a valuable source of advice and information, but only you can make a decision. No one–not even medical experts–can predict whether a treatment, screening, prevention, or supportive care method under evaluation in a trial will prove successful. The informed consent process is designed to help you weigh all of the information and make the right choice for you or your child.