A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. In general, clinical studies are designed to add to medical knowledge related to the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of diseases or conditions.
Clinical trials are designed to develop new devices, evaluate new medications, improve materials and systems, and improve surgical procedures.
All research studies are reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to implementation. Stringent protocols are required to ensure the safety of all participating individuals and to make certain that participating investigators follow the same study procedures and guidelines.
ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of clinical studies conducted around the world. It is a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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