What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials help researchers (and society in general) to determine whether a particular treatment or intervention is safe, effective and acceptable to patients. Clinical trials cover many aspects of how we treat diseases including drug (pharmacological) therapies (either new drugs or existing ones used in a different way); medical devices; surgical innovations and even behavioural studies and those involving the completion of questionnaires.
A trial is a scientific way of undertaking a study that aims to answer one or more specific questions. Clinical trials bring research which started often in a laboratory into clinical practice within the NHS and beyond. It can take many years for basic laboratory science to make it into clinical practice because the safeguards presented at each stage of the process ensure that the end product is safe and effective in humans.
Treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy for bowel cancer, anti-TNF for IBD patients and advances such as laparascopic (keyhole) surgery have all come about through a process starting with an idea (hypothesis), following a process of discovery and testing and ending with a clinical trial in a human population.
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