Clinical trials are research studies that test new medical approaches on humans. Each trial answers scientific questions and this information assists in finding better ways to prevent, screen, diagnose, or treat diseases. Clinical trials may also be a comparison between two treatments, one may be a new treatment while the other is already available.
Each clinical trial has a specific protocol for conducting the trial. This protocol describes what will be done in the study, how the study will be conducted, and why each part of the study is necessary. Each study has a guideline as to what type of participants it requires. Some studies may need volunteers with a certain disease, some will need healthy people, others may want only males or only females.
An Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews, monitors, and approves many clinical trials. The IRB is an independent committee of physicians, statisticians, and members of the community. The IRB is responsible for the following:
- Making sure the study is ethical
- Protect the rights and welfare of the studies participants
- Making sure that the risks of the study are reasonable when compared to the potential benefits
In the USA, a clinical trial must have an IRB if the study is a biological product, drug, or medical device that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates, or it is funded or carried out by the federal government.
To learn more about clinical trials/research visit CenterWatch. Premier Physicians Weight Loss and Wellness is a facility that can be found on CenterWatch Website that is offering clinical trials. The CenterWatch mission is to be the leading source of clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients. CenterWatch offers several services and resources specifically to patients. With the Clinical Trial Listing Service patients are able to received unbiased information on clinical trials, enrolling clinical trials, and information on drugs and new medical therapies. See Premier Physicians listing at http://www.centerwatch.com/news-resources/research-centers/profile/2511/
If you are in the process of learning about clinical trials or are thinking about participating in one, but have some questions, you may also visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqctgov.html for frequently asked questions.
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