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A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world is at clinicaltrials.gov.

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Clinical Research: A Quick Overview

How Does Clinical Research Work?

Clinical research is medical research that involves people. Individuals volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose and understand human disease.
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Who Participates in Clinical Research

A patient volunteer has a known health problem and participates in research to better understand, diagnose, treat, or cure that disease or condition. Research procedures with a patient volunteer help develop new knowledge. These procedures may or may not benefit the study participants.
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What Do I Need to Know If I Am Thinking of Participating?

Learn as much as possible about the clinical trial you are considering. Ask members of the research team questions about the study. Here are some of the questions you might want answered.
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What Happens After a Clinical Trial is Complete?

After a clinical trial is completed, the researchers carefully examine information collected during the study before making decisions about the meaning of the findings and about further testing.
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Ethics in Clinical Research

The goal of clinical research is to develop generalizable knowledge that improves human health or increases understanding of human biology. People who participate in clinical research make it possible to secure that knowledge.
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This page last updated on 07/28/2017

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