It is critical for new medications and medical products to be tested on the very patients its meant to help, as well as to test a variety of people. People may respond differently to treatments and the test data ensures effectiveness and safety. Depending on the study, it may include people of different ages, races, ethnic groups, and gender.
Many participate in clinical trials because they have exhausted approved treatment options – which may not have worked for them, or they were unable to tolerate some of the side effects. Some clinical trials may provide an option for those which standard therapy has failed.
Others participate in trials because they wish to contribute to the advancement of medical -knowledge.
Researchers for every trial develop eligibility criteria, age, sex, type and stage of disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. This criteria helps to define a standard in the trial and reduce the amount of variation in the study, without threatening the scientific integrity.
Not all volunteers will be accepted for a trial. Volunteers may be excluded based on eligibility criteria, or the number of volunteers need to collect enough data to determine the safety and effectiveness of a therapeutic agent.
If you or someone you know has exhausted traditional methods or are just interested in furthering medical research let us know at jeanbrownresearch.com