Clinical Trials

Monday, June 28, 2010

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses clinical trials in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Medical research answers many questions about health, illness and treatment options. Evaluating new medicines and other treatments may involve research using randomized controlled trials.

In such trials the participants who receive the treatment under study are assigned at random. Other participants who, by the randomization process, serve as controls receive a standard treatment or placebo treatment.

Clinical trials are designed to answer a specific question about a treatment, usually the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Volunteers who meet specific criteria, including having the condition being studied, receive an explanation and, if they choose, join the trial.

Sometimes participating in clinical trials may allow patients to receive experimental treatments, especially when they have a disease that has not responded to other therapies.

All participants in clinical trials are volunteers who can withdraw from a trial if they choose.

If you are thinking of joining a clinical trial, discuss participation with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.