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Clinical Trials & Patient Recruitment

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Clinical trials are often conducted by the same physicians and healthcare professionals who treat people. Their goal is to find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy.  However, there is a disproportionate number of doctors conducting trials, compared to patients who could benefit from participating in clinical research, thereby creating a gap. Our aim is to bridge this gap so that treatment, care and patients’ quality of life are improved and avoidable early deaths may be prevented.

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Clinical Trial FAQs

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study that is the means to developing new treatments and medications for diseases and conditions. They are conducted by physicians and scientists who work collaboratively to establish the safety and efficacy of these therapies for preventing, diagnosing or treating the disease or its symptoms. It may involve patients or healthy people, or both.

Why are clinical trials important?

Doctors and other healthcare professionals and patients need evidence from clinical trials to know which treatments work best. Without this evidence, there is a risk that people could be given treatments that have no advantage, waste resources, and could even be harmful. Clinical trials help to find out if:

  • treatments are safe
  • treatments have any side effects
  • new treatments are better than available standard treatments

Clinical trials also help to:

  • prevent illnesses by testing a vaccine
  • detect or diagnose illnesses by testing a scan or blood test
  • treat illnesses by testing a new medicine
  • find out how best to provide psychological support
  • find out how people can control their symptoms or improve their quality of life by testing how a particular diet affects a condition
What is a protocol?

Protocols are rules that forms the basis for all clinical trials. It determines criteria for participation, schedule of tests, medications and its dosage, as well as length of the study. While in a clinical trial, participants are regularly monitored by the research staff to determine the safety and effectiveness of their treatment.

Why should I participate?

Participating in a clinical trial can be beneficial to you in the following ways:

  • Your medical condition will be closely monitored by healthcare professionals
  • Any medical supplies or medicines required for the study will be provided at no cost to you
  • You will learn about cutting edge treatments and medications and you might find the new drug much more effective than existing treatments
  • You will have the opportunity to be more attentive to your health while aiding the progression of medical research
How is my safety ensured while involved in clinical trial?

Clinical studies are supervised by a medical doctor and qualified medical staff who are trained in research ethics and safety. In addition, to ensure patient well being, all our studies are approved by ethical and legal regulatory bodies including Health Canada. Before the beginning of a trial the investigator informs the patient or healthy volunteer of possible risks, such as side effect and adverse reactions that may occur. At this time the patient is given the opportunity to ask questions about the treatment and to gain more knowledge about their condition before signing the consent form. Participants are free to withdraw from the study at any time.

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