How do I get involved?
Why participate in a
clinical research trial?
The goal of clinical trials is to determine if certain treatments, prevention methods, and behavior approaches are safe and effective. People take part in clinical trials for many reasons. Healthy volunteers say they take part to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. People with an illness or disease also take part to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have added (or extra) care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and a chance to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.1
Where to find a clinical trial?
What is clinical research?
Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials can study:
- New drugs or new combinations of drugs
- New ways of doing surgery
- New medical devices
New ways to use existing treatments
- New ways to change behaviors to improve health
- New ways to improve the quality of life for people with acute or chronic illnesses.
How do clinical trials work?
A researcher, usually a medical doctor, leads the clinical research trial with help from a study team. The team develops a guiding document that describes the study and who can take part. Clinical trials must be reviewed and overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure the risks to volunteers are as low as possible, and their rights are protected.