|Clinical Trials FAQ|
What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about vaccines, therapies or new ways of using known treatments. Clinical trials are the next step after research in the lab produces promising results.
What is a Protocol?
All clinical trials are based on a set of rules called a protocol. A protocol describes what types of people may participate in the trials, the schedule of tests, procedures, medications and dosages and length of the study. While in a clinical trial, participants are regularly monitored by the research staff to determine the safety and effectiveness of their treatment.
What are clinical trial phases?
There are four phases associated with a clinical trial.
What is a placebo?
A placebo is an inactive pill, liquid or powder that has no effect on the human body. In clinical trials, experimental treatments often are compared with placebos to assess the treatment's effectiveness.
What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about the clinical trial before a person decides whether or not to participate. These facts include: