“Clinical trials are part of clinical research
and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials
look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease”.1

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  • Clinical Trials/Research/Studies

Clinical Trials

What are clinical trials?

DotS the definition of clinical trials may vary. The (United States) National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) definition is:

“Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease”.2

In NIH Clinical Research Trials and You: The Basics – What Are Clinical Trials and Why Would I Want To Take Part? the NIH also explain:

“Clinical trials can study:

  • New drugs or new combinations of drugs
  • New ways of doing surgery
  • New medical devices
  • New ways to use existing treatments
  • New ways to change behaviors to improve health
  • New ways to improve the quality of life for people with acute or chronic illnesses”.3

Goal

What is the goal of clinical trials?

In NIH Clinical Research Trials and You: The Basics – What Are Clinical Trials and Why Would I Want To Take Part Part? the NIH elaborate on:

“The goal of clinical trials is to determine if these treatment, prevention, and behavior approaches are safe and effective. People take part in clinical trials for many reasons”.4

Participation

Why do people participate in clinical trials?

In Is A Clinical Trial Right for You? the (United States National Institute of Health) NIH MedlinePlus Magazine explain:

Clinical Trials

“Some people participate in clinical trials because none of the standard (approved) treatment options have worked, or they are unable to tolerate certain side effects. For others, it’s an opportunity to help researchers find new ways to prevent, detect, or treat diseases”.5

Health Care Provider

What if I would like to participate in a clinical trial?

If you would like to participate in a clinical trial it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. In Get Involved In Research: Why Get Involved In Research Studies? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Choosing to join a study is a personal decision. Before you join a study, learn about what you will be asked to do and how much time this might take. Also ask about possible risks and benefits. Researchers can provide you with a ‘plain language explanation’ of the study which will help you with your decision”.6

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  1. NIH Clinical Research Trials and You: The Basics – What Are Clinical Trials and Why Would I Want To Take Part? This Page Last Reviewed on 03 October 2022. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 21 May 2024
  2. NIH Clinical Research Trials and You: The Basics – What Are Clinical Trials and Why Would I Want To Take Part? This Page Last Reviewed: 03 October 2022. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 21 May 2024
  3. NIH Clinical Research Trials and You: The Basics – What Are Clinical Trials and Why Would I Want To Take Part? This Page Last Reviewed: 03 October 2022. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 21 May 2024
  4. NIH Clinical Research Trials and You: The Basics – What Are Clinical Trials and Why Would I Want To Take Part? This Page Last Reviewed: 03 October 2022. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 21 May 2024
  5. Is A Clinical Trial Right for You? 11 August 2020. NIH MedlinePlus Magazine https://magazine.medlineplus.gov/article/is-a-clinical-trial-right-for-you Accessed: 21 May 2024
  6. Get Involved In Research: Why Get Involved In Research Studies? https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/research/get-involved-in-research Accessed: 21 May 2024
Topic Last Updated: 21 May 2024 – Topic Last Reviewed: 21 May 2024

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