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The Essence and Benefits of Participating in a Credible Clinical Trial

ON December 06, 2013 by Samuel Lederma

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Many people are unaware that taking part in clinical trials makes it possible to speed up the discovery of treatments for some serious diseases. According to the National Institutes of Health, a carefully designed clinical trial can be the key to successful human health research. A Huffington Post article discusses some of the facts everyone should know about clinical trials:

According to Ken Getz, founder and board chair of the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), there are numerous reasons to participate in a clinical trial -- from access to new and alternative treatments, to personalized and expert medical attention, to free medicines and procedures, to the desire to leave a legacy by helping the advancement of medicine. "Participants may know in their heart of hearts that [a specific treatment] will not cure the progression of their disease," Getz elaborates on the latter reason, "but if they participate, they may be able to help future patients."

Even healthy individuals participate in various clinical studies (i.e., in a trial referred to as Supportive Care or Quality of Life trial) in order to help improve the quality of life of those suffering from chronic diseases. Clinical trials are likewise conducted for the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and screening or detection of certain diseases. Studies looking into genetics as well as the patterns of disease in different populations or the so-called Epidemiological are also available.

Moreover, clinical research also delves into aesthetic medicine. Many women who have undergone aesthetic surgeries such as breast augmentation seek further advancements on the revision or removal of breast scars. Considering the immense popularity of aesthetic surgery, a growing number of accredited clinical research facilities consequently devote their efforts studying how best to treat breast augmentation scars.

Well-conducted clinical trials can be the means to figure out the best preventive measures and treatments for Alzheimer’s, Leukemia, various forms of Cancer, and other fatal medical conditions. However, there may be some risks associated with this endeavor given that most of the drugs and treatments administered have yet to be approved. Therefore, it pays to do lots of research when aiming to become a volunteer patient, particularly as regards the research facility’s credibility.

Article Excerpt and Image from Top 10 Facts You Need to Know about Clinical Trials, The Huffington Post)

CATEGORY: Info Article