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Is a clinical trial right for you?

Clinical trials test potential new drugs, treatments and devices to ensure they are safe, to assess how well they work, and to determine whether they offer benefits over currently used drugs, treatments or therapies.

The establishment of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada Accelerating Clinical Trials (CF CanACT) network will help to facilitate the development of these new treatments for cystic fibrosis, as well as increase capacity and enhance participation of people with cystic fibrosis in clinical trials.

If you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial but don’t know where to begin, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with some of the benefits, barriers and risks associated


  • Taking an active role in your healthcare
  • Understanding your diagnosis better
  • Helping others living with the same condition
  • Gaining access to new treatments not yet available to the public
  • Receiving a treatment that may work better for you than your current treatments
  • Receiving close and extra follow up care
  • Many studies have shown that participants involved in clinical trials have better overall health outcomes, compared to those who are not involved in trials


  • Being required to travel to the study site
  • Time involved in attending study visits (especially Phase I and II) and length of trials
  • Potential monetary value of missing work
  • Potential need for childcare while participating in a trial
  • Potential of missing school to participate in a trial


  • Experiencing side effects or adverse reactions to medications or treatments
  • Receiving a treatment that does not work for you
  • Not being part of the treatment group (taking placebo)

Anyone with cystic fibrosis living in Canada is eligible to be referred to one of the six CF clinical trial sites to participate in a clinical trial, and can participate if they meet the inclusion criteria of the specific trial. For more information, visit

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