What is a Clinical Trial?
A Clinical Trial is a method in which researchers find out whether a medication is safe to use and if it is effective against various diseases and medical conditions. Qualifies physicians and other research professionals supervise clinical trials that are approved by the FDA as well as Institutional Review Board.
Why are Clinical Trials important?
Clinical Trials have an important role in the health care field specifically in patient well being, as they gain access to new research treatments before they are widely accessible. Clinical Trials assist the health industry in the effort to develop medications that are safer, easier to administer, and more effective.
What happens during a Clinical Trial?
A team of healthcare professionals will evaluate the medical condition of the participant at the beginning of the trial, give specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor the participant carefully during the trial, and stay in touch with the participant after the trial has been completed. It is important that you, as a clinical trial participant, understand the responsibilities and adhere to the clinical trial guidelines.
What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent in the process of learning the facts about the trial before deciding to participate. It is a continuous 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 will explain the details of the study. If a participant’s native language is not English, translation assistance will be provided.