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Can You Answer Patients’ Questions About Clinical Trials? - PT360

Can You Answer Patients’ Questions About Clinical Trials?

by Maureen Habel, MA, RN and Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN and Meaghan O'Keeffe, RN, BSN
(4.4 / 440 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Each year, thousands of people are subjects in clinical trials, and millions follow the results in the media. The National Institutes of Health lists more than 188,000 active clinical trials categorized by disease condition, drug intervention, sponsor and location. A clinical trial is a research study involving human participants, the purpose of which is to answer health questions about how to cure or control disease and how to enhance health. As patient advocates, nurses and other healthcare professionals have an ethical responsibility to advise people about their rights when they participate in clinical trials. This module provides nurses and other healthcare professionals with information about the design of clinical trials, the advantages and disadvantages of participation, and ways in which participants’ rights are protected.


The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the design of clinical trials, the advantages and disadvantages of participation, and ways in which participants’ rights are protected. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Name the four phases of clinical trials
  • Give three advantages and three disadvantages of participating in a clinical trial
  • Discuss how the rights of participants are protected during a clinical trial

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the NY State Education Dept. of CE for PT and PTA from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in TX. The assignment of TX PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the PT Board of CA as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of CA.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed PT CE sponsor (#216.000275) with the IL Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through 9/30/2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 11S1664 for 10/28/11 to 10/28/12, 12S1700 for 10/29/12 to 10/29/13; 13S1855 for 10/30/13 to 10/30/14; 14S1734 for 10/31/14 to 10/31/15; 15S2336 for 11/01/15 to 11/01/16; 16S2252 for 11/02/16 to 11/02/17; 17S6282 for 11/3/17 to 11/3/18).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CP110017696 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CP120017879 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019754 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021488 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024048 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27030 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-517895 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-517895 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The TN PT Association for Class 1 CE Requirement (approval no. 4057 for 11/01/11 to 10/31/12, 4801 for 11/01/12 to 10/31/13; 5250 for 11/01/13 to 10/31/14; 5815 for 11/01/14 to 10/31/15; 2146 for 11/01/15 to 10/31/16; 2016-521 for 11/01/16 to 10/31/17; 2017-427 for 10/01/17 to 10/31/18).
The PA Board of PT (approval no. PTCE002699 for 12/14/11 to 12/31/12; PTCE004229 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006360 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009895 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The NJ Board of PT Examiners (approval no. 1160-2010 for 11/15/11 to 01/31/12, 119-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 216-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-374 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-215 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by the MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/27/11 to 10/27/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19 and by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of CE for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The IL Chapter CE Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of CE offerings established by The IL Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4015 for 11/01/11 to 11/01/12, 437-4605 for 11/01/12 to 11/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the IL Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the IL Dept. of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in IL can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 8/6/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/6/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/2/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Anthony D - Byron, IL  ·  Sep 05, 2018
informative and reminder about clinical trials
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Elizabeth S - Deerfield, NH  ·  Sep 04, 2018
Interesting but not very useful in my day to day practice for a PT.
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Vanessa G - Tucson, AZ  ·  Aug 18, 2018
Great information, very helpful course.
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Jennifer P - Sheboygan, WI  ·  Aug 17, 2018
Very informative. Thank you for the knowledge
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Ramela A - Elgin, IL  ·  Jun 20, 2018
I will definitely recommend this course to my co workers. I learned a lot today!
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50