What is a Clinical Trial?

A clin­i­cal trial (or research study) is a sci­en­tific study show­ing the effec­tive­ness of new treat­ments. Through these stud­ies, doc­tors find new and bet­ter ways to diag­nose and treat ill­nesses. Many new treat­ments are found to be safe and effec­tive. How­ever, before a new treat­ment is deter­mined to be effec­tive it must be tested. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in a research study is vol­un­tary and requires that par­tic­i­pants under­stand the risks, ben­e­fits, and pro­ce­dures involved with the study. Par­tic­i­pants may leave a study at any time.

More infor­ma­tion on clin­i­cal tri­als at clinicaltrial.gov