Through clinical trials, researchers better understand how to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases and medical conditions. These research studies test and compare experimental drugs and techniques with a goal to learn everything necessary to bring beneficial new treatments to patients. In fact, most drugs and devices being used today began in clinical trials to test their safety and effectiveness.
Clinical trials, and the patients who volunteer to participate in them, help shape the future of medicine. Yet applying to take part in a clinical trial is a personal decision—and one that you should carefully consider.
If you or someone you love is living with a behavioral health issue, such as addiction, depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, clinical trials may provide a promising alternative option.