The World Health Organization defines a clinical trial as
‘any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes’.
People volunteer to test new treatments, interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions.
Clinical trials help to determine if new interventions work, if they are safe, if new ways of combining existing interventions improve outcomes, and if new interventions are better than the available treatments.
Clinical trials are a crucial type of research to find new and better ways of detecting, diagnosing, and treating diseases and medical conditions. Clinical trials aim to improve your treatment options and your quality of life by raising the standards of treatment. Australian clinical trials are internationally recognised for providing very high-quality patient care.
Healthcare services running clinical trials are committed to providing best practice patient care. Most modern medical interventions are a direct result of clinical research. Clinical trials often lead to new interventions becoming available that help people to live longer and reduce pain or disability.
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