Clinical trials are different from standard medical treatments given by your doctor in that their purpose is to study whether a new treatment, drug or device is safe and effective for human beings. Many of the drugs and therapies available today are the result of clinical trials.
- Clinical Research versus Medical Treatment (Food and Drug Administration)
- Clinical Trials: The Basics (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov (U.S. National Institutes of Health)
- Clinical Trials and Older Persons (National Institute on Aging)
- Learning About Clinical Trials (National Cancer Institute)
Resources selected by Terri Ottosen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed April 6, 2018