Clinical trials aim to show the benefits and risks of new drugs or treatments, usually by comparing them with the standard treatments in use. During a clinical trial, the treatments being compared are given to patients or healthy members of the public. The researchers then carefully observe and record any differences in their effects on the trial participants over time.
No matter how promising a new treatment may seem in the laboratory, it must be carefully tested through clinical trials so that its effects on patients can be more fully understood. The fact that treatments are new does not always mean that they are more effective than existing therapies, and they might even be harmful. Clinical trials are the best ways to assess whether new treatments are safe, what their side effects are, and whether they work better than the existing standard treatments.
Vital treatments now commonly in use in the NHS were all developed and tested through clinical trials, for example chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Clinical trials have also shown doctors the best way to use these treatments, to help people suffering from life-threatening illnesses to live longer and to experience a better quality of life.
As a result of clinical trials, there have been many health benefits. The Medical Research Council has been funding clinical research for more than 70 years.
VOLUNTEERS – THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL
The people who volunteer are the most important part of clinical trials. They play an essential part in helping scientists to develop and test treatments for the benefit of everyone in the community.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
We are currently participating in studies below:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
If you are interested in finding out more about any of the above studies, then please speak to your doctor, our Research Nurse, or email:
Details of studies we are currently recruiting for appear on our Clinical Trials Notice Boards located within the Health Centre and Winsley. These are updated on a regular basis, so please do take a look.
The Health Centre undertakes many different clinical trials so keep an eye out for new ones.