Clinical Research Versus Medical Treatment

FDA: 8/5/14

What is clinical research?

Clinical research refers to studies in which people participate as patients or volunteers. Different terms are used to describe clinical research, including:

  • clinical studies
  • clinical trials
  • studies
  • research
  • trials
  • protocols.

Clinical research may have a number of goals, such as:

  • developing new treatments or medications
  • identifying causes of illness
  • studying trends
  • evaluating ways in which genetics may be related to an illness. Read More