Clinical trials are at the heart of medical advances. They are designed to test the safety and efficacy of new apporaches to preventing, detecting, and treating disease. Trials also look for new ways to use existing treatments, new drugs, surgical procedures and devices.
Before deciding to participate in a clinical trial, you should talk to your physician. Clinical trial participants enroll to possibly receive the newest treatment for their conditions, as well as to have additional care and attention from clinical trial staff and to help researchers find better treatments for future patients.
In the United States, clinical trials must meet rigorous standards and be registered with the National Institutes of Health. Registered trials are listed at clinicaltrials.gov as part of a searchable database.
To find potential clinical trials for your disease or condition, click on the link below.