Participate in a clinical trial

Clinical trials are scientific research studies which require volunteers to test new treatments. These treatments may include medications, natural health products, devices, surgical techniques and/or education interventions. Clinical trials lead to more effective treatments and cures for a variety of medical conditions.

About clinical trials

Researchers at the Nova Scotia Health Authority conduct hundreds of research projects and clinical trials at various centres and facilities across the province. If your medical condition makes you a suitable candidate for a specific clinical trial, you may be asked to take part. The decision is entirely up to you. To protect your privacy, your name and personal information are kept confidential. In addition, you can withdraw from the trial at anytime.
All clinical trials are subject to review from the Research Ethics Board (REB) - find out more information about Research Ethics.

Location, hours and contact information

Clinical trials take place at multiple facilities. Please confirm the name of the building and room number where your research team is located prior to your appointment. The hours and contact information will vary depending on the clinical trial.

How do I participate in a clinical trial?

Talk to your health care team for information on available clinical trials. 

If you agree to consider participating in a clinical trial, the research team will provide information and specific details about the study. You should read this material carefully in order to understand the potential risks and benefits before you sign the consent form. You may also want to discuss the study with your family and/or doctor before making a decision.

Here are some examples of questions you may want to ask: 

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What do I have to do? 
  • How long will the study take? 
  • What tests or treatments are involved? 
  • How much time will be required on my part? 
  • What side effects might t here be? 
  • What other choices do I have for a treatment if I don’t enter the study?


Taking Part in a Clinical Trial is a brochure with frequently asked questions and answers about clinical trials at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. More information is also available if you are interested in finding out about clinical trials and drug safety in Canada.