How Studies Work

How a Clinical Study Works

What is a clinical study?

A clinical study is research utilizing volunteers to test the effects of medical treatments or devices. Participants receive interventions according to the research plan. Through clinical studies, physicians discover new and improved ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control, and treat illnesses.

Who can be in a clinical study?

Volunteers are screened to determine who may participate. Any potential risks involved with the study will be thoroughly explained to the participant during the informed consent process. Participation in clinical studies is completely voluntary, and participants may withdraw at any time.

Should I volunteer?

By volunteering in a study you are helping further the understanding of diseases, and aid in the research of new therapeutic options. Volunteers are a critical link in a long chain of research and testing for the advancement of new medical treatments and medical devices.