Clinical research studies, or clinical trials, help researchers learn more about a potential treatment. Clinical trials are needed to make sure a medicine is safe and works before it is approved by regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
During a clinical trial, researchers want to find answers to many questions: Is the medicine safe? Does it work? Does it work better than other treatments available? What are the side effects?
Joining a trial is an important, personal decision. There are many reasons to consider joining.
People who volunteer and join a clinical trial help make new medicines possible. There are benefits and risks to joining a clinical trial. The study team will review all of them with you as part of the informed consent process.
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