What Exactly Is a Clinical Trial?

What Exactly Is a Clinical Trial?

businessman working on his laptop in the office select the icon clinical trial

How Does a Clinical Trial Work?

Clinical trials are an important part of advancing medicine for us all. They help to determine if a new drug or treatment is safe and effective. Before a clinical trial begins, research is done in the laboratory to determine if the new treatment can safely be used in humans. If so, the first phase in a clinical trial is done with a small number of healthy volunteers or possibly with very sick patients who don’t have other treatment options. These participants are monitored for side effects. If the treatment is safe and effective, the next phases involve more and more participants. These later phases help to determine how the therapy should be applied to patients in the future and also can be used to test the therapy in question combined with other therapies.

Clinical trials are carried out following strict legal standards and ethical principles. Participants have specific rights, such as a clear and transparent consent process before agreeing to be a part of a trial and the right to withdraw from a trial at any time. They have privacy rights as well, and information collected during the trial is kept confidential.

Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

There are a few reasons why you might consider being a part of a trial: you get expert care for your medical issue for free or at a low cost, you may receive compensation for your time and travel, and you can get access to brand new therapies that can help treat your medical issue when other therapies have failed.

Are you interested in being a part of a clinical trial? Skin Care Research is always enrolling for clinical and cosmetic dermatology trials. It is a way to help yourself and others! Contact Skin Care Research today for more information about clinical trials. Call (561) 948-3116.