What Is a Clinical Trial?
It’s when a team of scientists and doctors tries a new medical treatment, drug, device, or method on a group of people to test how well it works. The purpose of a clinical trial is to find a new and improved way to treat, prevent, or diagnose different types of illness. In many cases the trial might be for something that is not yet available to the general population of people with an illness. Special allowances are made so doctors can learn more about how well a new approach works. They test the results against the best available current treatments with the goal of finding something better.
What Are the Advantages of Taking Part in a Clinical Trial?
- You could receive a new treatment before it is widely available to the public.
- You provide researchers with information that helps them come up with better treatments.
- Your treatment costs might decrease because the agency that sponsors the study typically pays for tests and doctor visits related to the trial. It’s a good idea to discuss these costs with your medical team before you start.
Who Can Take Part in a Clinical Trial?
- A trial is typically for a certain condition, and each phase might require a different level of symptoms. If you fit the guidelines for a trial, you may be able to participate. Sometimes you might need certain tests to confirm that you’re a good candidate.
- Your personal information is confidential and not attached to your name in the study.