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Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation

FAQs

What is a clinical trial?
What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
Who can participate in a clinical trial?
If I sign up to participate in a clinical trial, will I still have to pay for my treatment?
How can I get more information about clinical trials at the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation?

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study in human beings that follows a pre-defined protocol (set of procedures).

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

Participating in a clinical trial lets patients gain access to new treatments before they are made available to the general public.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

Each trial has its own set of criteria that determine who can participate. If you’d like to find out if you qualify for any current trials being conducted at the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, please send an email to liverresearch@houstonmethodist.org.

If I sign up to participate in a clinical trial, will I still have to pay for my treatment?

The clinical trial sponsor (usually a government agency, a pharmaceutical company, or the hospital itself) covers many of the costs involved, which may include the experimental treatment, special tests, additional doctor visits, and/or travel expenses. Other routine costs may be covered by your health insurance; check with your provider for more information.

How can I find out what clinical trials are going on at the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation?

To find out about our current clinical trials, please send an email to liverresearch@houstonmethodist.org.

To find out more about the Methodist Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, send us an email.