What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies that include human participants. Clinical trials can investigate how an experimental drug might act in the body and affect a disease. You may also see a clinical trial referred to as a “clinical study.” These terms mean the same thing.More FAQs
What is the purpose of a clinical trial?
New drugs are tested in clinical trials before they are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).More FAQs
How do clinical trials work?
Clinical trial investigators follow specific research plans called protocols. Protocols are designed so key research questions can be answered by comparing different investigational treatments. Specific results from each treatment group are measured and then compared.More FAQs
What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?
Keep in mind that each person’s experience is unique. Some people may experience side effects, while others may not. There may not be any benefit to you from taking part in a clinical trial, as researchers are still trying to figure out if the trial drug(s) will have any positive effect on you or your condition. Researchers hope that the information they collect from a clinical trial will help them understand the experimental drug(s) better to help researchers find potential new treatments for future patients.More FAQs
What should I expect in a clinical trial?
Each trial is different, so it’s important for you to understand the potential risks and potential benefits. Once enrolled in a trial, you will have a dedicated care team that is with you every step of the way – answering any questions and concerns you may have. Taking part in a clinical trial is voluntary. You may choose to leave the trial at any time.More FAQs
Why should I participate?
Clinical trials typically test new ways to treat a disease, so you’re potentially helping others and contributing to knowledge about the disease.More FAQs