“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”.1

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What may the Clinical Trials Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • 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”.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:

“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 Understanding Research: Who Can Participate In Medical Research? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

Clinical Trials

“Nearly every woman can qualify to be part of a medical research study at some time. However, each study will have a specific set of criteria for participants. Observational studies and phase I clinical trials generally include a wide range of participants. If you are currently healthy, but at some risk of developing a disease (perhaps because of your family history), you may qualify for a prevention study. If you have a health condition, you could consider entering a clinical trial to test a treatment”.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 20 October 2017. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 12 August 2020
  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 on 20 October 2017. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 12 August 2020
  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 on 20 October 2017. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 12 August 2020
  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 on 20 October 2017. National Institutes of Health https://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm Accessed: 12 August 2020
  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: 12 August 2020
  6. Understanding Research: Who Can Participate In Medical Research? Last Updated: 15 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 11 October 2018. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/health-checks/understanding-research Accessed: 12 August 2020
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