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Clinical trials are research studies that involve patients to answer specific questions about new treatments, or new ways of using known treatments. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the most valid way to determine whether new drugs, existing drugs used in new ways, or other treatments work, and are safe to use in people.
In clinical trials, one group receives an experimental drug while another group, the control group, gets standard treatment or an inactive treatment known as a placebo. Studies that include control groups are known as controlled trials.
Testing of new or innovative ways to treat diseases often goes through four phases of development:
By participating in a clinical trial, you can gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research. All clinical trials have guidelines and eligibility criteria designed to make sure the participants will be safe and the study will be valid and answer the research questions. Certain research studies are aimed at finding the cause, delivery, manifestations, and longer term outcomes of rheumatic diseases in children.
To learn more about clinical trials, you may visit these websites:
Search our database of clinical trials enrolling at the medical center.
For more information about the Division of Rheumatology, call 513-636-4676.
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