4 What are clinical trials? Clinical trials are carefully controlled research studies that test new treatments in people with specific conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart failure. Clinical trials are generally designed to test new treatments, new uses for existing treatments, or new combinations of treatments. The goal of clinical trials research is to find a better way to treat and help people. Who can participate in clinical trials? There are many factors that determine who can participate in clinical trials. Each trial is different. However, in general, any adult can participate in a clinical trial. Historically, African Americans and other people of color have not been very eager to participate in clinical trials. Some of the reasons include lack of trust in the healthcare system, thoughts of being a human “guinea pig” for doctors to practice on, and fear of the unknown. The purpose of this brochure is to provide you with information that will help you make an informed decision about whether you should participate in a clinical trial. Should I participate in a clinical trial? The most common reason to participate in a clinical trial is to find better treatments for current and future generations. While the new treatment being tested in a clinical trial may not immediately benefit you, it may benefit your children or grandchildren. Clinical trials provide the evidence that medical therapy is based on. It is essential that these new treatments are tested in all types of people who may be using them before they are introduced to the public. While clinical trials provide knowledge that contributes to the fight against heart disease and other conditions, they may or may not always benefit you as a patient. The purpose of a clinical trial is to test a new treatment that may be better than current treatments. However, it may not be. The people talking to you about the study are obligated to clearly explain the potential benefits and risk, and your doctor should explain completely to answer any questions that may exist. Only you can decide if the potential benefits to your health outweigh the risks. In fact, the law does not permit a person to claim that a clinical study is a treatment. It’s important to talk with your doctor to ask questions about things that concern you and to weigh all of your options. After all, it’s your health, and you should be comfortable with whatever decision you make.
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