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Table 3 General knowledge of clinical trials

From: Clinical features of Parkinson’s disease patients are associated with therapeutic misconception and willingness to participate in clinical trials

Statements Right Wrong
n % n %
I know what a CT means 331 50 329 50
Each new drug has been studied in patients before it becomes available via pharmacies 482 72 188 28
CTs are always assessed beforehand by a research ethics committee 312 47 349 53
Participation in a CT is always voluntary 623 93 45 7
A potential CT participant signs a consent document before taking part in the research 560 83 112 17
The research participant may at any point stop their participation in the CT 518 77 152 23
A CT may include procedures different from standard care 303 46 360 54
Clinical trials are mostly funded by a pharmaceutical corporation 424 64 241 36
The essential goal of CTs is to find better treatment for future patients 633 94 37 6
*Clinical trials are usually aimed primarily at seeking the best medication for the research participants 145 22 523 78
*In CTs, all participants always receive a new effective agent 298 45 732 55
Different treatment procedures can be assigned randomly in CTs (for example, by flipping a coin or via other methods of randomization) 236 36 427 64
*In CTs, the physician conducting the research is aware of whether the participant is receiving a new drug, a placebo (which does not include an effective agent), or standard PD medication 112 21 523 79
*In CTs, the physician conducting the research may choose which drug the participant receives 193 29 474 71
*Often, the patient participating in the research may choose which drug they receive 401 60 265 40
  1. The “Right” category encompasses the “agree” and “strongly agree” responses; the “Wrong” category is a combination of “disagree,” “strongly disagree,” and “cannot say.” For starred (incorrect) items, the “Right” category was composed of “disagree” and “strongly disagree” responses and the “Wrong” category covered “agree,” “strongly agree,” and “cannot say.” CT clinical trial