What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a method in which researchers find out whether a medication is safe to use and effective against various diseases or medical conditions. Qualified physicians and other research professionals supervise clinical trials that are approved by the FDA as well as an Institutional Review Boards.

Why are clinical trials important?

Clinical trials are an important role in the patients health care, they gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, they assist the health industry in the efforts at developing medications that are safer, easier to administer, and more effective.

What happens during a clinical trial?

A team of health care professionals will evaluate the medical condition of the participant at the beginning of the clinical trial, give specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor the participant carefully during the trial, and stay in touch after the trial is completed. It is important that you as a clinical trial participant understands the responsibilities and adhere to the clinical trial guidelines.

What is informed consent?

Informed consent is the process of learning the facts about a clinical trial before deciding to participate. It is also a continuing process throughout the study to provide information for participants. To help someone decide whether or not to participate, the clinical research staff involved in the trial explain the details of the study. If the participant’s native language is not English, translation assistance can be provided

What is a placebo?

Placebo is an inactive pill, liquid, or powder that has NO treatment value. In clinical trials, experimental treatments are often compared with placebos to assess the experimental treatment’s effectiveness. In some studies, the participants in the control group will receive a placebo instead of an active drug.