How Studies Work: A Guide to the Clinical Research Process
Research is at the heart of medical advances. Clinical studies help determine if a new medicine, test, or treatment works and is safe.
Before You Begin...
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Participating in a study is an important decision — we’re here to help you before, during, and after studies.
Who Can Join a Clinical Study?
Clinical research offers a way for almost anyone — regardless of their background — to help improve human health and wellbeing.
Healthy volunteers often participate to help others and contribute to moving science forward.
Participants with an illness or disease join studies to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
More Benefits of Joining a Clinical Study
Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.
Beyond contributing to science that will help people live longer, healthier lives, clinical research also offers several benefits to people who participate.
- Free treatments
- Free medical exams
- Possible compensation for participating
Join a Clinical Study
Clinical studies help scientists develop life-changing medicines, but it starts with you — participation makes it all possible.
Clinical trials are conducted to allow safety and efficacy data to be collected for new drugs, medical devices, or treatment techniques. Depending on the type of product and the stage of its development, healthy volunteers and/or patients enroll into small pilot studies initially, followed by larger scale studies in patients that often compare the new product with the currently prescribed treatment.
As positive safety and efficacy data is gathered, more patients are typically involved. Clinical trials can vary in size from a single center in one country to multi-center mega-trials across several countries.