Understanding Clinical Trials

Understanding Clinical Trials

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials are medical research studies involving people.24 They are the main way that doctors find better treatments for diseases,25 such as cancer, and are essential for new drug being available in the market. Clinical trials also provide answers to other questions, such as how to prevent disease or manage symptoms and side effects.25

The goals of clinical trials are to find better ways to: 26
  • Prevent disease and reduce the number of people who become ill;
  • Treat illness to improve survival or increase the number of people cured;
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with illness, including reducing symptoms of disease or the side effects;
  • Diagnose diseases and health problems.





24. CRUK. What Clinical Trials Are. Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/find-a-clinical-trial/what-clinical-trials-are. Accessed: 25 Apr 2019.

25. Cancer.Net. About Clinical Trials. Available at: https://www.cancer.net/research-and-advocacy/clinical-trials/about-clinical-trials. Accessed: 25 Apr 2019.

26. UKCRC. Understanding Clinical Trials. Available at: http://www.ukcrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/iCT_Booklet.pdf. Accessed: 25 Apr 2019.