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A clinical trial is a formal medical study using human volunteers that allows researchers to better understand a particular disease. Clinical trials can be conducted for several purposes:
- New treatment options
- New diagnostic alternatives
- Improve quality of life for patients with a serious disease
Following laboratory research studies, researchers create a plan, or protocol, for how to conduct similar tests on human participants. The protocol provides a detailed outline researchers will follow and helps safeguard the health of individuals participating in the study.
In order to conduct a clinical trial, researchers identify individuals who are affected by the disease they are studying; however, they may also need healthy participants who may or may not have the disease, depending on the protocol requirements. Each clinical trial has different requirements for participation. Researchers carefully screen all volunteer participants to ensure each individual meets the protocol parameters and that they understand the important details of the proposed clinical trial and agree to participate.
Following completion of a clinical trial, researchers evaluate the data collected and determine its value to additional research and treatment. Further clinical trials may or may not be deemed appropriate. However, clinical trials are important because they provide new insight about diseases and new treatment options.
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