Clinical Trials Q&A
What is a clinical trial?
Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally
considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings
that follow a pre-defined protocol. BlackDoctor.org includes information on both
interventional and observational types of studies. Interventional studies are
those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a
treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational
studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are
measured by the investigators.
Why participate in a clinical
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own
health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely
available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
Who can participate in a clinical