What is Clinical Research?
Clinical Research is a section of healthcare science which determines the effectiveness and safety of devices, medications, diagnostic products and treatment for human use. These may be used to treat and/or diagnosis symptoms of a disease or medical issue. In clinical research evidence is collected to establish a treatment. The term clinical research refers to the entire bibliography of a drug, device, or biologic from its inception in the lab through to consumer use. If initial laboratory research is successful, the data is sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval to continue research. Once approved by the FDA for human testing, a group of promising candidates are identified to perform a clinical trial.
Why choose to participate in a clinical trial?
Patients choose to participate in a clinical trial for a variety of reasons:
- To receive study related medical care at no cost
- To receive compensation for time and travel during a clinical trial
- Access to the newest treatments and medications, which
they otherwise would not have access to
- Receive closer medical oversight throughout the study
- Gain a deeper knowledge of their conditions and newest treatments
- Be directly aiding in the advancement of medicine, helping millions of people in the future
We are currently enrolling patients today for various studies. Please contact us to learn more about clinical research and if a clinical trial is right for you.
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What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are only a small part of the overall research that goes into the development of a new treatment. Clinical Trials are intended to gather data about the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and medications, medical devices, and other diagnostic products. Clinical trials take place with healthy subjects with no pre-existing medical conditions as well as with patients with specific health conditions who seek otherwise unavailable treatments. In preliminary phases, participating patients are healthy volunteers who are typically financially compensated. The clinical sponsor designs particular trials with physicians, called clinical investigators. Sponsors typically enroll patients from a number of different facilities for trials for any given trial and once a clinical trial is ready, Investigators will enroll patients that fit within the scope of the trial parameters, treat the patients in accordance of the trial, and collect data based on the treatment.
Data can include but not be limited to measurements of vital signs, blood and/or tissues concentration of drugs, and symptom changes. The data is later sent to the trial sponsor, to be analyzed. There are typically four phases of approval in the clinical trial process in order for the drug or device to become safe and useful in the consumer market, if ever. Each phase of the clinical trial is considered a separate trial. At the end of each phase, clinical trial investigators are required to submit their findings to the FDA for approval in order to move onto the next phase of the trial.