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What’s a Clinical Trial?

 

What’s a Clinical Trial?

What are Clinical Trials? What does that name even entail? In this article, we want to shed light onto what goes on past the doors of Medical Research Group of Central Florida. We want to explain to you what we do and why we do it. We hope this article will help you understand why community contributions and volunteers for the type of work we do is so important.

A clinical trial is a research study that involves real people.  It is the last step in the research process that begins in the lab. The purpose of a clinical trial is to test the effectiveness of a new treatment method for persons suffering from any type of medical condition. These trials are important because they help researchers and doctors discover new ways to better treat their patients. Without clinical trials, our doctors would run into the same roadblocks with old and outdated treatment methods.

Every drug and medication ever prescribed has gone through the clinical trial process. What first began in a lab under a microscope, transitioned into a clinical trial facility, where the drug was administered under professional supervision to patients who stood possibly to benefit from it’s consumption. Drugs as common as Tylenol, Advil, Tums, Claritin, Vyvanse etc. have all passed through the clinical trial phase before making it into our homes. This goes to show the importance of a clinical trial.

Clinical trials can be created and submitted by three different categories of researchers; a university, a private research facility or a governmental body. Every clinical trial that is submitted goes through a rigorous evaluation process. They must be carefully reviewed to ensure that not only will no human rights be violated, but also that the outcome of the clinical trial will generate results to help researchers understand how to better treat people suffering from a specific condition. Not every clinical trial that is submitted makes it out to the public; they can be extremely costly and so each is meticulously examined before the researchers start enlisting the help of volunteers. 

In order for a clinical trial to work, there has to be many aspects of it that work together. For example, there must be an approved facility, licensed and trained employees, medical professionals who administer the treatments and perform evaluations, and lastly, volunteers. These volunteers are the lifeline of our work, and of every clinical trial conducted. A clinical trial requires people who have a certain medical condition, and who are willing to help determine novel treatment methods.

 Why should any of what we say about clinical trials matter to you? Because your help is crucial to our work, and our work is necessary for future patients’ treatment. The support of volunteers is what we need so that new medications and treatment methods can be created. If you have any questions please contact us at 386 775 7627, or click the link below to receive more information on how clinical trials might be the right choice for you.

- Adly F. Thebaud Jr., Student 

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