Trial Overview & Journey Sample

Here we show a clinical trial timeline — what a participant’s trial journey looks like, from the beginning to when they get the results. Each visit ‘milestone’ is explained: just click on the visit name for all the details.


The number of your clinical visits will depend on the specifics and length of the study. There may be follow-up visits that include a brief physical exam (not generally in phase IV observational), a review of your study medications and your symptoms, and lab tests.

  Meet with the specialist
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Physical exam if required
  • Discuss medical history change
  • Depending on the trial protocol and medical condition, these could include lab tests, X-rays, CT scan, physical exam, etc.
  Meet with the study coordinator
  • Ask any questions you may have
  • Discuss possible side effects
  • Discuss medical history change
  • Discuss medication you are taking
  • Discuss and account for drug intakes; review your diary
  Sponsor documents
  • Questionnaires on health, work issues, etc.
  Receive trial treatment
  • Pills, injections provided*, and either administered by coordinator/nurse, or patient is taught how to self-administer

* Phases I-III. In phase IV observational trials, patients get their medication at a pharmacy through prescription.

  Informed consent

The informed consent can be periodically updated during the trial (contact info, location change, side effects, etc.). If/when there are any changes or additions, you’ll be informed by the study coordinator.

  At-home monitoring
  • Continue journaling: enter medications, start/stop dates, dosages, reactions, health status, mood status, symptoms, etc. Complete any questionnaires that were not already done at the study clinic.