Different types of clinical trials are:
- Treatment trials test new medicines, treatments or therapies for a disease or health condition.
- Prevention trials look for new and improved ways to prevent a disease or a health condition. Prevention trials may involve testing out medicines, vitamins, vaccines or lifestyle changes.
- Diagnostic or screening trials study the best ways to diagnose or detect a disease or health condition.
- Quality of life trials study how the side effects of a treatment (like dialysis) affect the patient's well-being and daily functions.
- Genetic trials look at how genes (DNA) are related to certain diseases or health conditions.
- Epidemiological (ep′i·de′mi·o·log′i·cal) trials look for patterns of certain diseases or health conditions across groups of people (for example: people of certain races/ethnicities may have a disease more often than others).
What is a clinical trial?
Types of clinical trials
Important clinical trial terms to understand
Diversity in clinical trials
Phases of clinical trials
What questions should I ask the treatment team?
Who pays for my health care during a clinical trial?
Who can be part of a clinical trial?
Advantages and disadvantages of participating in clinical trials
Downloadable: Clinical trials myths and facts
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