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.