What is a clinical trial?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines "A clinical trial [as] a research study to answer specific questions about vaccines, new therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies) are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work in people. "
Where can I get more information on Clinical Trials?
The website www.clinicaltrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. This website gives you information about a clinical trial's purpose, who may participate, locations of clinical trials, and phone numbers to call for more details.
The NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland is the research hospital of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their clinical research, and scientific discoveries are translated into new and better medical treatments and therapies for people. For more information contact their website at clinicalcenter.nih.gov
What are inclusion/exclusion criteria?
Inclusion Criteria - A list of requirements that must be met by all study subjects in order to be accepted into a clinical trial.
Exclusion Criteria - Characteristics that would prevent a subject from participating in a clinical trial, as outlined in the study protocol.