What Are Clinical Trials?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a site that provides answers to many of the questions you may have about a clinical trial:
• What are clinical trials and why do people participate?
• What is clinical research?
• Who participates in clinical trials?
• What do I need to know if I am thinking about participating?
• What questions should I ask if offered a clinical trial?
• How am I protected?
• What happens after a clinical trial is completed?
• How does the outcome of clinical research make a difference?

Read personal stories of people who participated in clinical trials.

Glossary of clinical research terms.

To learn more about clinical trials and to search for clinical trials specific to your disease visit clinicaltrials.gov.