What are clinical trials?

Every day  I read a bit more about clinical trials and how they can improve lives. Well, THEY CAN! People like to help and are excited about the fact that they might be part of something that is can make a difference in peoples lives. People don’t like the feeling of powerlessness that they feel when they can’t change things, make things better. They feel strongly that if if doctors can’t make patients feel better, they might be able to. They don’t feel quite as powerless if they join a clinical trial which might help doctors shed light on what makes patients sick. There are many clinical trials in which patients participate and take advantage of, too. It is under this section head that I will be posting studies that may interest you and may be in your areas. Most reimburse for your time and travel.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are research studies, designed to answer specific health questions about a particular illness. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest way and the safest way to find ing moreaeffective treatments for diseases.

There are also interventional trials which determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using old treatments are safe and effective. Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural settings.

Different types of clinical trials? There’s more than one?

  •  treatment trials are as described. They test new treatments, new combinations of drugs, or new approaches to surgery or possibly radiation therapy. This is what most people think of when hearing the term
  •  Prevention clinical trials look for better ways to ‘prevent’ a certain disease:
    • in people who have never had the disease
    • to prevent a disease from returnin
    • These approaches may include medicines, vitamins, vaccines, minerals, or lifestyle changes
  •   Diagnostic clinical trials are conducted to find better tests or procedures for diagnosing a particular disease or condition.
  •   Screening clinical trials test the best way to detect certain diseases or health conditions.
  •   Quality of Life clinical trials (or Supportive Care trials) explore ways to improve comfort and the quality to life if the disease is too far advanced to benefit from curative clinical trials, but the course can be altered by palliative efforts.
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