A clinical trial is a research study to determine whether a specific medicine, treatment or device is safe and effective for humans. These studies can also examine what medical approach works best for certain illnesses. Clinical trials use human volunteers and are often characterized by phases. All phases are strictly monitored by several regulatory levels. The entire trial can take years and relies on collaboration with patients and the trial staff.
If you are considering participating in a clinical trial it is important to be informed and fully understand the clinical trial process. If you are interested in learning what clinical trials are available to you there are many resources to get you started.
Canada Trials: www.canadatrials.com
Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre – www.cctcc.ca
Canadian Centre for Clinical Trials – www.clinicaltrialscanada.com
Centre Watch: www.centerwatch.com
Clinical Trials Ontario: www.ctontario.ca
Health Canada’s Clinical Trials Database: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/databasdonclin/index-eng.php
It Starts with Me: www.itstartswithme.ca
Patients at Heart: www.patientsatheart.com
Patient Research Exchange: www.patientresearchexchange.org