From a historical perspective, clinical trials have been around since the 17th century, with prospective research and accompanying drugs and medication for healing ailing patients. The rules were concrete, in that tests must me made on a human being and the researchers must observe and note a medication that has been tested more than once for the trial to hold any signifiant value with the findings. Testing standards even that far back had a professional set of rules that helped pave the way for better insight and discovery leading up to today’s modern medicine.
Clinical trials of today are just as important as they were nearly 400 years ago because research and innovation need a testing ground to hold weight. As specialized clinical trials become more prevalent throughout not just the U.S. but other parts around the world, the need to understand the benefits of clinical studies is even more justified.
There are many benefits afforded from clinical studies, from potential cures to the professionalism and security of the tests themselves. Here are just a few ways today’s clinical trials have been able to help both patients and scientific progression at the same time.
Patients are able to have an outlet towards possible medications and treatments to what ails them. Disorders and diseases are given unique and thorough tests throughout a given stretch of time, observed and informed from a highly professional team of researchers at their side. Since many of the tests and/or medication being performed on a patient are exploratory, that patient is, in effect, getting a first crack at a potential treatment. Also, for those patients that face life-threatening disorders or diseases, sometimes a clinical study could offer another outlet towards a scientific breakthrough. Plus, with some clinical trials, the patient may be given a monetary benefit for their participation.
Security of Trial
As is protocol for all types of medical records, the nature of the tests and results are kept in private between the patient and medical team. With researchers and physicians working in tandem with patients, the security blanket afforded in accordance with HIPAA can assure a patient that whatever experiment or medication they are participating with will be kept under wraps from the outside world.
A clinical trial could be summed up as a parlay of scientific studies and investigation towards uncovering the mysteries of disorders and diseases. Whether it’s a healthier alternative towards containing or outright curing a mental disorder to new innovations with how chronic pain syndromes are defeated or treated, clinical studies and any information gathered can work together towards a greater cause of finding the cure. And as a patient participating in the trial, you are essentially a pioneer towards that goal.
And that’s one of the main advantages of establishing a clinical trial. From local chapters like CTT Research all the way up to national councils like Clinical Connection, they are essentially added layers and avenues for research to fight the good fight.