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What is a Clinical Trial?

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A clinical study involves research with patient volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge.

There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies. At GW Research we specialize in Gastroenterology Clinical Trials.

In a clinical trial, participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants’ behavior, such as diet.

Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or to no intervention.

Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other. When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful, or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants.

Clinical trials used in drug development are sometimes described by phase. These I – IV are defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All our trials are voluntary and you can stop at any time during the study.  Trials usually include physical examination and care by an MD and clinical assistant, laboratory testing, diagnostic procedures, medications and clinical follow up. All exams and lab work are free and subjects will be reimbursed for time and expenses provided.

And the utmost  privacy and confidentiality (HIPAA) is practiced for your benefit.

Interested? Take a look at the clinical trials currently underway.

And if you don’t see your particular ailment listed here, contact us anyway to find out about upcoming clinical trials not yet published here.

For more information on Clinical Trails and how they work you can visit http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/info/understand

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