As we all know, clinical studies are designed tests that assess the safety, effectiveness, efficacy, and benefits of new treatment options by using human volunteers, also known as participants. The purpose of clinical studies is to expand medical knowledge to find ways to more effectively prevent, diagnose, or treat disease. The ultimate purpose is to find answers to unsolved scientific questions. Today, we are going to talk about key information about clinical studies.
Who Sponsors Clinical Studies?
Every Clinical research can be sponsored or funded in part or entirely by organizations, medical institutions, universities, foundations, voluntary groups, drug companies, health care providers, federal agencies and or individuals. Then the sponsor chooses a principal investigator, who is often a medical doctor, to led and run the trials.
Who Can Participate?
There are standard guidelines for each clinical study about who can participate. These standards are listed in the protocol and varied based on the clinical study’s purposes. Some research studies are seeking healthy participants, some research studies are looking for participants with certain conditions, and some research studies are limited to a specific group of participants who are asked by researchers to join.
Where Are Clinical Studies Conducted?
The location depends on who is conducting the study. Clinical studies can take place in various locations, including community clinics, doctor’s offices, universities, hospitals, and so on.
How Long Do Clinical Studies Last?
The length of a clinical study varies, depending on the clinical study’s purposes. However, participants are told how long the study will last before their enrollment.
Why Conduct Clinical Studies?
Inherent curiosity is the sole motivation for clinical researchers. Through clinical studies, professionals are able to expand their medical knowledge to solve puzzles; to able to diagnose rare medical conditions, and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases – COVID 19 in this case. Here are some reasons for conducting clinical studies:
- To evaluate drugs, medical devices, and or approaches for treating a disease, syndrome or condition.
- To discover new treatments, including medicines and vaccines, to prevent the initial development of a disease.
- To evaluate and test the safety and efficacy of a new treatment or device before it is bought to market.
- To explore and examine the ways to ease patient’s pain and to improve their quality of life.