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The Science Inside: Your Health
This booklet on biomedical research talks about how far health and scientific research has come in the last 150 years, making diseases like malaria and measles much less threatening than they once were. It discusses the role science-based research has played in combatting disease and the challenges society faces in continuing that fight. It also goes into detail about clinical trials and the role volunteers play in them.

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Resources in English

Background Information on Clinical Research
CenterWatch, Inc.
Answers basic questions about clinical trials.

Checkup on Health Insurance Choices
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Offers explanations for different types of healthcare plans and checklists to help you determine which ones best meet your needs.

Choosing a Doctor
National Institute on Aging
Explains how to find a new doctor. Aimed at the elderly, but usable by anyone.

Choosing a Doctor
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Offers tips for picking the right doctor.

The Clinical Center Patient Handbook
National Institute of Health Clinical Center
Gives a number of resources and guidelines for those participating in NIH clinical trials.

Clinical Trials: Get the Facts about Cancer Prevention Studies
National Cancer Institute
Explains cancer prevention studies.

Curiosity Creates Cures: The Value and Impact of Basic Research

National Institutes of General Medical Sciences

Talks about the importance of general scientific research.

Guide to Health Care Plans
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Talks about evaluating health care plans for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.

Guide to Health Insurance
Health Insurance Association of America
Explains the differences between types of health care plans.

A Guide to Understanding Informed Consent: Introduction
National Cancer Institute
Explains what informed consent is and why you need to understand it before participating in a clinical trial.

The Importance of Clinical Research Trials
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Answers questions about who should volunteer for clinical trials, who is watching out for patient safety, and how to decide what kind of research to volunteer for.

An Introduction to Clinical Trials
National Institutes of Health
Provides basic but thorough information about what clinical trials are and what is involved in participating in one.

Medicare and Clinical Trials
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Explains how Medicare recipients can participate in clinical trials.

A Participant’s Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research
National Institute of Mental Health
Discusses why people might want to participate in mental health research studies.

Participating in a Clinical Trial
New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Offers general information about AIDS clinical trials and things to consider before signing up for one.

Quick Tips When Talking To Your Doctor
US PHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to get the most out of talking with your doctor.

The Right to Health: A Resource Manual for NGOs

AAAS

Shows health professionals, their associations and NGOs some of the practical ways they can promote, protect and monitor the right to health in their communities and countries.

Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
National Institute on Aging
Explains how to talk with your doctor about a variety of topics.

Should I Enter a Clinical Trial: A Patient Reference Guide for Adults with a Serious or Life-Threatening Illness
Answers many questions about whether a seriously ill patient should consider taking part in a clinical trial.

Taking Part in Research Studies: What Questions Should You Ask?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gives list of questions to ask before signing up for a clinical trial.

Twenty Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to avoid medical errors in your own health care.

Understanding Your Insurance Coverage
American Academy of Family Physicians
Explains the basics of health insurance.

What Is an AIDS Clinical Trial?
AIDS Clinical Information Service
Explains what is involved in an AIDS clinical trial.

Why Volunteer? Clinical Trials of Medical Treatments
Food and Drug Administration
Gives an easy-to-read explanation of why people should volunteer for clinical research trials.

Recursos En Español

Cobertura Medicare para pruebas clínicas
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Explains how Medicare recipients can participate in clinical trials.

Consejos—para cuando visite a su médico
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to get the most out of talking with your doctor.

Elección y uso de un plan de salud indice
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to choose and use a healthcare plan.

Ensayos voluntarios de tratamientos médicos en clínicas experimentales
Food and Drug Administration
Gives an easy-to-read explanation of why people should volunteer for clinical research trials.

Estudios clínicos: Lo que usted necesita saber
National Cancer Institute
Explains the basic information cancer patients should consider before enrolling in a clinical trial.

Guía de planes de salud
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Talks about evaluating health care plans for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.

La importancia de las pruebas de investigación clínica
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Spanish language. Answers questions about who should volunteer for clinical trials, who is watching out for patient safety, and how to decide what kind of research to volunteer for.

Los estudios clínicos: conozca los hechos acerca de los estudios de prevención del cáncer
National Cancer Institute
Explains cancer prevention studies.

Preguntas importantes que se deben hacer sobre...una investigación
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Spanish language. Gives list of questions to ask before signing up for a clinical trial.

¿Qué es un ensayo clínico sobre el SIDA?
AIDS Clinical Information Service
Explains what is involved in an AIDS clinical trial.

Veinte recomendaciones para ayudar a prevenir los errores medicos
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to avoid medical errors in your own health care.

 

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