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What is a Clinical Trial


"Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. Clinical trials may also compare a new treatment to a treatment that is already available.

Every clinical trial has a protocol, or action plan, for conducting the trial. The plan describes what will be done in the study, how it will be conducted, and why each part of the study is necessary. Each study has its own rules about who can take part. Some studies need volunteers with a certain disease. Some need healthy people. Others want just men or just women.

In the United States, an independent committee of physicians, statisticians, and members of the community must approve and monitor the protocol. They make sure that the risks are small and are worth the potential benefits."


NIH: National Institutes of Health




It Couldn't Be Done Without People Like YOU!


If there are no volunteers for clinical trials, there will be no new medications on the market to treat disease. A decision to participate may not only bring you hope but also benefits public health and advances medical knowledge.

You are truly making a difference!