Patient Information for Clinical Trials

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Clinical research cannot happen without you. Below are some facts to consider prior to enrolling in a clinical trial to ensure it is right for you.

To find out more about participating in clinical trials and current enrolling studies near you, visit our Patient Search Tool, Clinical Study Finder.


Clinical Trial Education

WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Clinical trials are vital to clinical research and help drive the advancement of medicine. The core objective of a clinical trial is to determine how safe and effective a treatment is.  Human volunteers, also known as participants, are used to further aid researchers in the advancement of drugs, medical devices, novel surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, gene therapy or different ways to use existing treatments, and improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN CLINICAL TRIALS?

Each clinical trial will vary on who is deemed eligible to participate. Each clinical trial must include only individuals who fit the patient traits (eligibility criteria) for that particular study.

Some clinical trials will enroll people who have a specific disease or condition. Others may enroll healthy participants to test new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, or screening.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons.  Some may want to play an active role in their personal health by gaining access to cutting-edge research treatments.  Some may want to help others by contributing to the advancement of medical research.

Regardless of the reason why an individual chooses to take part, clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to assist researchers find better, future treatments.

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION ON CLINICAL TRIALS