Clinical Research Glossary

discontinue (study treatment) discontinue (study treatment)


To stop a study treatment in a participant.

Example of discontinue (study treatment) in a sentence

If a participant wants to stop the study treatment, they should first have a conversation with the study team about how to discontinue safely.

More Info

A participant can decide to discontinue a study treatment. Sometimes a study treatment can be discontinued by the researchers for safety or other reasons. Reasons for discontinuing should be discussed before the study treatment is stopped.

Other info to think about when joining a study

The term “discontinue” can be used in research to describe leaving the study or stopping the study treatment. If you decide to stop taking the study treatment, please discuss this with the study team first. This is to make sure that there are no likely health risks from stopping the study treatment. Please also discuss how stopping the study treatment affects your participation in the study itself.

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