COVID-19 cast clinical research and clinical research trials into the spotlight in the fight against the pandemic that has gripped the world. Vaccines and treatments are closely followed because, for many, it means returning to some normalcy is possible again. Clinical trials are vital in the process of a medication or device being publicly available. Without trials or volunteers to participate in them, advancements in healthcare would cease to exist. Some of you reading this may be wondering, “Are clinical trials right for me?” The only person who can answer that is you. But, with a little more information about the importance of clinical trials and their volunteers, you can be more informed in your decision.
What Are Clinical Trials?
Once new options to detect, treat, and prevent conditions like COVID-19 are discovered, they don’t immediately become available. They go through a highly regulated process by the FDA to ensure they are safe and effective. Clinical trials and the volunteers that participate in them are how we study this. Every prescription medication that exists today has been through the clinical trial process. Clinical trials are defined as research involving human subjects.
Humans being involved in research has been surrounded by controversy, with good reason. However, a lot of work has gone into defining and regulating ethics and ensuring patient safety in today’s clinical trials. Before an intervention is studied in clinical trials, it is investigated in every possible scenario in a lab setting. However, the only real way to see how a medication or device performs in humans is to have humans trial it in a controlled environment under the care of health professionals.
Clinical trials have 4 phases and require different types of volunteers. Healthy volunteers without a medical condition help in the early phases to define dosage and safety. Later in the process, those diagnosed with the condition the trial developed around are needed as well. All genders, races, ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds are necessary to provide the most comprehensive data to establish an intervention’s viability.
Women’s Healthcare Research
Here at Women’s Healthcare Research, we are a clinical trial research site specializing in women’s health issues. Every woman’s body works differently, and our passion is to ensure all the diversities in women’s health conditions are met with effective treatment each one can benefit from. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering in clinical trials with us, we’d love to talk with you. We understand that participating in clinical trials is a personal decision and isn’t for everyone, so we are here to help in that process. WHCR is currently conducting trials covering women’s health issues from birth control to hot flashes, yeast infections, and more!
For more information, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can be reached at (858) 505-8672. A current list of enrolling studies, along with more details on each, is easily accessed on our website.