By testing potential treatments like drugs, devices and therapies, clinical research studies help doctors, physicians and researchers learn more about diseases and how to treat them. Clinical trials, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are “an integral part of new product discovery and development” and help researchers determine whether potential treatments are safe and effective for the general population. Learn more about clinical studies by talking to your primary doctor, and read about how they can benefit participants, patients and medical professionals alike.
- Participating Patients: The benefits of a clinical study often apply to the participants themselves. These patients may have exhausted other treatment options without experiencing any improvement, and a clinical trial offers another opportunity and hope to overcome the illness. Research studies can provide patients with access to treatments, medications and procedures that may be otherwise unavailable, and patients often receive care in premier healthcare facilities by medical experts.
- Doctors and Clinics: Doctors, researchers and other medical professionals will gain important knowledge about a particular disease, drug or treatment tested during a clinical trial. By analyzing the effects and outcomes, healthcare professionals can better understand how or how not to treat patients for certain medical conditions, and as the study grows in success, the opportunity to treat diseases more effectively increases.
- Future Patients and Families: Patients who suffer from or who have yet to be diagnosed with a particular disease can also benefit from current clinical trials. While a clinical trial may not always reveal a new treatment to be “better” than existing ones, new advancements in science and medicine can provide patients and their loved ones more opportunities to get well and get well more effectively.
For more information about clinical trials and research studies, call Memorial Clinical Associates. Our Houston office features a team of qualified and caring doctors to care for your health and medical needs. Visit us online, or call us today at (713) 407-3067 to schedule an appointment.