About Clinical Research Studies
A research study (also known as a clinical trial) is a medical study that is designed to answer questions about the safety of potential new drugs and to find out how well they work.
These studies must be performed before a new investigational medication or potential treatment can be approved for use in patients and sold to the general public.
It is important to test investigational drugs and medical products in the people they are meant to help. It is also important to conduct research in a variety of people because different people may respond differently to treatments.
For each research study, researchers develop eligibility criteria, such as age, gender, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Not everyone who applies for a research study will be accepted. Participants will be selected based on the eligibility criteria and the number of participants needed by the researchers.
For those who qualify for a particular study, taking part can offer several benefits including: