Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. The results of these studies can make a difference in the care of future patients by providing information about the benefits and risks of therapeutic, preventative, or diagnostic products or interventions. Clinical trials provide the basis for the development and marketing of new drugs, biological products, and medical devices.
The above information is provided by the center for information and study on clinical research participation (CISCRP), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and patients in the clinical research process ciscrp.org/. Information also provided by clinicaltrials.gov, a service of the National Institute of Health. Additional resources for information and frequently asked questions about clinical trials for patients and their families can be found at: