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
trial?

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.