Clinical research studies, also called clinical trials, help researchers and doctors find out if an investigational medication (a medicine or drug they are studying) works, how it works, and how much of it will be safe for people to take.
These studies must be done before a new medicine can be approved for doctors to prescribe to their patients. Right now, there are more than 300,000 clinical studies in progress all over the world.
For each clinical research study, researchers develop eligibility criteria, such as age, gender, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. It is important to test medications and medical products in the people they are meant to help. For this reason, it is important to do research in people of all races, ethnicities, and genders, because different people may respond differently to treatments.
Taking part in a clinical research study can offer several benefits, including:
Taking an active part in managing your own health
Having access to investigative research treatments
Having access to specialists in the condition being studied