What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials, also called research studies, help researchers

  • find new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses
  • understand how a study medicine or medical device may help treat certain conditions
  • learn how a study medicine or medical device works and whether it is safe

Did You Know?

Health authorities make sure that clinical trials are conducted in a way that protects the rights and safety of people who participate. Your clinic and doctor are also governed by mandated standards for clinical research.