A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about new therapies or new ways of using established treatments. Clinical trials are used to determine whether new drugs or treatments are both safe and effective. Most current drug therapies were initially developed in past clinical trials.
Each clinical trial is approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), a panel of health care professionals and interested community members, to ensure that risks are monitored and federal guidelines are followed. The University Hospitals IRB ensures the rights and welfare of people participating in clinical trials both before and during their trial participation. University Hospitals Human Research Protection Program is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP).
People participate in research for a variety of reasons. For more information about what is involved in research, how clinical trials work, and answers to common questions about research, review Participating in Clinical Research.
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