The importance of clinical trials for chronic disease
Clinical trials are studies in which participants are assigned an intervention (such as medical devices or drugs, or a specific lifestyle change) in order to see the impact on the participant’s experience with a disease or sometimes their health in general. Researchers measure the intervention’s effectiveness by comparing it to a current treatment, a placebo, or absence of treatment. In the case of IBD, clinical trials could be useful both for medication development and to test theories about lifestyle and dietary impacts on the condition’s symptoms.
Most of the time, the studies are led by medical doctors, and the goal is always to further medical education and improve medication options and treatment outcomes for the study population.
Clinical trials are hugely important to treatment of a variety of medical conditions, as they are used as the benchmark to measure drug efficacy and safety. The latter is of utmost importance to anyone who’s ever suffered from a chronic disease, or really anyone who’s ever taken a prescription or over the counter medication. Clinical trials regulate what can and can’t be sold to consumers, and make sure every new medication you take or treatment you undergo will not cause you any harm.