Treatment training manual

8.13 Summary of different advocacy roles

Advocates can be involved in many different roles.

These include being involved in:

  • Trial design before the study is finalised.
  • Wording of patient information sheets and informed consent.
  • Publicising good research to help study enrolment.
  • Highlighting poor or inappropriate research.
  • Taking an educational role to explain benefits and risks of a study to community groups.
  • Being an independent advisor for whether a trial is appropriate for an individual patient.
  • Joining a trial steering committee and following enrolment, trial practice and early results.
  • Joining a Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB).
  • Reporting and critically commenting on results after they are publicly presented at medical meetings or published.
  • Suggesting additional analysis of study results.
  • Ensuring results are presented and published publically and in time while they are still relevant.
  • Ensuring study participants are informed of the results of the research that they have been involved in.

Last updated: 21 July 2009.