What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of a new drug, device, medical approach, or other treatment. As a study participant, you have the opportunity to participate in this groundbreaking research and contribute to developing better cures and care strategies for future generations.
Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are critical to progressing medical advancements and helping people live longer. Many of the treatments used today would not be available if they were not first tested in clinical trials.
At Stanford, our physician-researchers and scientists perform collaborative research to improve diagnosis and treatment options for people worldwide. Because of their level of expertise, some of the trials and innovative treatments we offer are not available elsewhere in the world.
How do I know if a clinical trial is right for me?
To determine if a clinical trial is right for you, talk to your doctor. He or she can refer you to a study coordinator for more information on research studies that may be suitable for your specific condition.
You can also find the guidelines for who can participate in a particular clinical trial online. However, it is best to work with your doctor to decide the right care approach for your needs.
Why are clinical trials done in phases?
Clinical trials are executed in phases to determine their safety and effectiveness. Specific scientific questions are answered in each phase to demonstrate the potential of a new drug, device, or medical approach.
Is there a cost associated with participating in a clinical trial?
As a study participant, you receive a new drug, device, medical approach, or other treatment for free.
Why are some clinical trials closed and others open?
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future for enrollment.