Importance of Clinical Research

by Charles Read on

Clinical research is a form of a trial conducted on human beings mostly using a specimen from patients with a particular disease in order to test if particular drugs on trial may work. Clinical research mainly deals with laboratory research on the causes of a specific disease. It may work to provide a prevention or a cure for an ailment.

Clinical research is meant to answer two questions; can the new treatment be used for treatment? And is it safe to use the new treatment? If the medicine works, the doctors examine how well it works compared to other drugs used to treat the condition.

If it is not any better as compared to other drugs available, the doctors assess if the new drug has fewer side effects or if it may work for those patients who cannot be treated by the drugs used to treat the disease.

If the new drug is not in any way better than the drug being used, then it does not qualify for any study. The doctors will also try to weigh the benefits with the potential risks. If the benefits of the drug are many than the risks, then the drug can be used for treatment.

The treatments and prevention of diseases would never happen without clinical research. With every drug used to treat any medical condition, there were thousands of people who took part in the research process.

Without this research, many people would die or become crippled from conditions that can nowadays be treated. Clinical research has led to new ways to treat illness, prevention methods and new drugs which can treat diseases.

Clinical research has made it compulsory for all doctors to use only tested medicines. Before clinical  research was incorporated into the health care system, doctors would choose medical treatments, according to their own knowledge of the condition.

The problem was that all doctors were not similar in their approaches and this meant that different drugs were prescribed by use of guesswork. Many doctors got it wrong and patients would acquire new diseases and would never recover from their original condition.

Some patients even died. Blood pressure pills, organ transplant, vaccines and chemotherapy would not be discovered without health research.

Medical research is done in order to know how modern treatments of treatment can be improved and made more effective and safe. After the testing of the current medical procedure and drugs available, medical devices like pacemakers and safer surgeries and new vaccines are the results of clinical research. That is why feels it is good to save lives and make medical procures and medicines better for all.

Written by: Charles Read

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