Clinical trials are generally defined as biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that adhere to a pre-defined protocol. They are conducted to allow efficacy and safety data to be collected for health interventions (i.e. diagnostics, drugs, devices and therapy protocols). Every clinical trial in the U.S. has to be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB ensures that the risks of the trial are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits.
By participating in a clinical trial a patient can take a more active role in their own health care. Participants also gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available to the general public. Additionally, participants will help others by contributing to medical research. Interested patients should note that all clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate.
Choosing to be a participant of a clinical trial is an important personal decision. While there are a number of benefits to participating, there are also a number of risks that should be considered. It is often helpful to talk with your primary care provider, friends and family members about the possibility of joining a clinical trial.
For information about the clinical trials currently being conducted at McKenzie Medical Center please call Raquel Hixon at 731-352-1561.
For more detailed information about clinical trials visit: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/about-studies