You may withdraw consent or decide to stop participating at any time during the study.
Supporting clinical trials
Clinical trials are essential in determining the advantages and efficacy of medicines and devices before they are made available to the public.
By taking part in clinical trials, you are contributing to the knowledge we collect about the safety and efficacy of novel treatments and medications that are being evaluated. By participating, you will have a significant influence on the speed with which new medications are brought to market, which will substantially help future generations, as well as the discovery of new effective therapies for a variety of health problems.
Many individuals are unaware that every medicine that is prescribed or sold over the counter has undergone extensive testing before being authorised for use. Thousands upon thousands of volunteers from all around the globe have participated in studies, demonstrating that by working together, we can make a significant impact.
Enhance quality of life for yourself and future generations
Clinical Trials are vitally important to establish how effective new treatments are when compared against existing treatments already on the market. Getting involved in clinical trials will potentially benefit individuals, but also future generations, such as children and grandchildren. Our goal is to provide everyone the opportunity to participate and enhance their health and quality of life.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a disease, it may be helpful to participate in a clinical trial that aims to treat it, providing you access to advanced medicine or therapy that might lead to improved outcomes.
Benefits to you
- If you have a particular condition or disease, you may get access to treatment that isn’t currently available to others with the same condition.
- You’ll be actively participating in the advancement of medical treatments, which could help thousands of people in the future
- Transparent and open process, ensuring you’re aware of everything that’s happening at every step of the way
- Frequent health assessments
Benefits to others
- Finding new ways to treat or prevent a condition or disease, so that quality of life is improved, and survival rates increase
- Potentially helping hundreds of thousands of people live longer, healthier lives
Benefits to research
- Utilising the most experienced and specialist clinicians to provide research expertise
- Producing research data that can be used to support further clinical trials and accelerate the drug development process
Understanding the Phases of Clinical Trials: A Comprehensive Guide
Clinical trials are essential research studies that evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new medical treatments, drugs, or devices. These trials involve multiple phases, each with its own set of objectives:
- Phase 1 Clinical Trials: In this initial stage, a small group of healthy volunteers (20-100) participate to determine the safety, dosage, and potential side effects of a new treatment. The primary goal is to assess the treatment’s safety profile and establish a safe dosage range.
- Phase 2 Clinical Trials: Involving a larger group (100-300) of participants, Phase 2 trials focus on evaluating the treatment’s effectiveness and further assessing its safety. This phase often uses a randomized, placebo-controlled study design to reduce potential biases and ensure accurate results.
- Phase 3 Clinical Trials: Enrolling even more participants (1,000-3,000), Phase 3 trials continue to monitor the treatment’s effectiveness, side effects, and gather additional information on safety. These trials often compare the new treatment to the current standard of care, providing crucial data for regulatory approval.
- Phase 4 Clinical Trials: Post-marketing studies, or Phase 4 trials, occur after a treatment has received regulatory approval. These studies collect long-term safety and effectiveness data, monitor side effects, and compare the treatment to other available therapies.
Throughout the clinical trial process, Informed Consent is a crucial element, ensuring participants understand the trial’s purpose, potential risks, and benefits. Ethics Committees and Data Monitoring Committees also play vital roles in overseeing and safeguarding the trial’s integrity, protecting patient safety and data confidentiality. If you’ve been diagnosed with a disease, it may be helpful to participate in a clinical trial that aims to treat it, providing you access to advanced medicine or therapy that might lead to improved outcomes.