Clinical Research Glossary

observe observe

To watch or see how participants are doing in a study.

Example of observe in a sentence

Participants may be observed for a few minutes after taking the study treatment to check for any early adverse reactions.

More Info

To observe participants is one way to collect and document data for a study in a planned way.

Other info to think about when joining a study

The study consent form or any information the study team gives you about the study you are participating in may mention that you will be observed. This could happen the first time you take an investigational medicine or after you take part in some type of research test.

You can ask how long you will need to be observed if that is something that will happen to you. For example, after getting a vaccine, you may have to be monitored for some time to make sure you have no reactions.

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