What Is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a research study in which volunteers receive investigational treatments under the supervision of a physician and other research professionals. The purpose of a clinical trial is to find new and improved methods of treating different diseases and special conditions. Clinical trials make it possible to apply the latest scientific and technological advances to patient care.

Who Can Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Each clinical trial varies as to who can participate based on the specific disease being studied. In order to participate in a clinical trial, volunteers must qualify for the study. Qualification is based on factors called “inclusion and exclusion criteria”, which detail what aspects are allowed and not allowed in trial participation (e.g. age, gender, disease type, treatment history, etc.). While some research studies look for volunteers with specific illnesses or conditions, others may seek healthy participants.

How Does a Clinical Trial work?

Once a participant qualifies for a study and agrees to volunteer, they may be assigned to a specific study group. One type of study group is called the experimental group which focuses on the drug or treatment being studied. Participants can expect to receive the investigational study drug or treatment if placed in this group. Another type of group is called the control group, which focuses on today’s standard treatments and compares results to the experimental group. Participants in the control group may also receive a placebo, an inactive drug that provides no therapeutic benefit and may look identical to the study drug.

After participants have been assigned to their appropriate groups, they may receive a physical examination and have their medical histories reviewed by the study physician or a research staff member. All volunteers’ health will be closely monitored during the trial and possibly thereafter to ensure the safety of all participants. All study details will be explained to potential volunteers prior to their agreement to participate in any clinical trial.

What Are the Risks/Benefits of Joining a Clinical Trial?

Volunteers in a clinical trial participate in the development of medical therapies that may offer better treatments, and even cures, for life-threatening and chronic diseases. However, there are risks and benefits involved including:

Possible benefits for volunteers:

  • Gain access to research treatments before they are widely available.
  • Obtain medical care at health care facilities during the trial
  • Have an active role in their health care.
  • Help others by contributing to medical research

Possible risks for volunteers:

  • There may be unpleasant side effects as a result of the experimental treatment.
  • The experimental treatment may not be effective.
  • Depending on the study design, there may be a significant time commitment in order to participate.
  • Failure to comply with the research requirements, including dosing schedules or clinic visits, may end your participation in the study.

What Can You Expect from Revival Research?

At Revival Research, our dedicated research team is committed to providing you with exceptional care throughout your participation in any of our studies. Your health and safety will be closely monitored as you continue to volunteer and will always remain our number one priority. We look forward to building long-lasting relationships with all our participants as we work together to innovate the future.

Become a part of a life-changing experience for yourself and others. Contact us today for more information.