What is a Clinical Trial?
Clinical Trials* are medical research that involves people like you. When you volunteer to take part in clinical research, you help doctors and researchers learn more about an illness or disease and help improve health care for people in the future.
The goal of clinical trials is to determine if new treatments and medications are safe and effective. People take part in clinical trials for many reasons. Healthy volunteers say they take part to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. People with an illness or disease generally participate in our trials to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have added care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
Before you officially enroll, the research team will go over the details of the study, including how long it will last, and what procedures you will encounter. Agreeing to participate after this thorough explanation is called informed consent, and it’s a key step in the process of getting you started.
*A clinical trial can only start after researchers determine that the study is scientifically justified and approval is granted by local ethics committees and health authorities.