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Clinical research trials
Clinical research studies, or clinical trials, are studies that use human volunteers to answer specific questions about the treatment of specific health issues. These can include testing new drugs or devices for safety and effectiveness, comparing existing treatments, or studying new ways to use existing medications.
Being involved in a research study allows you to gain access to new treatments before they are available to the general public. It allows you to receive careful and regular medical care, and you will also help others by contributing to the research and advances in medical treatment.
In order to participate in a specific clinical trial you must meet qualifications for that individual study. These will be based on things such as gender, age, other treatments, stage and type of disease, and other medical history.
Before being enrolled into a research trial, the details of that specific study will be explained to you, the medication or device involved will be discussed, the required procedures will be covered, and the risks and benefits will be addressed. You will have an opportunity to have all your questions answered.
It is important to note that all clinical trials are voluntary and you may decline to be involved or you may withdraw at any time during the study.
Clinical research falls under the guidance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the laws by which it's governed. Each trial is reviewed prior to and throughout the study by an Independent Review Board (IRB), whose purpose is to protect the safety, welfare and rights of the patients involved in clinical studies.
If you have questions, contact the Prevea Health Clinical Research Program at (920) 272-3336.
Visit the links below for more information on clinical research:
NIH and Clinical Research
National Institutes for Health
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation