Q: What is a Clinical Trial?
Dr. Donnica: A clinical trial is an investigation of the effects of
a drug, medical treatment or device on a group of patients. Some clinical trials
test new drugs, while others compare the best known standard therapy with a
newer therapy to see if one produces better treatment results or causes fewer
side effects than the other. Research institutions often seek volunteers to
participate in clinical trials on a number of different diseases, disorders,
and conditions. Although some studies are gender-specific, such as prostate
cancer for men or cervical cancer studies for women, most studies now seek male
and female volunteers.
For more information on clinical trials, click here.
Created: 12/28/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.