Our Clinical Trials
- What Is a Clinical Trial?
- Who Can Participate in a Clinical Trial?
- Who Decides if I Participate in a Clinical Trial?
- What Are the Benefits and Risks?
- How Do I Find a Gastroenterology Clinical Trial?
- Gastroenterology Clinical Trials List
What Is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a type of research study that is done to test the effectiveness or safety of a new medication or medical approach in people. In the area of gastroenterology, clinical trials can be used to study the screening, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal system, or the treatment of disease symptoms.
Before new medications or medical approaches are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for standard treatment in people, they must be proven to be effective and safe. This process begins with studies in the laboratory and ends with several phases of clinical trials in people.
Clinical trials can be helpful for people who are looking for new treatment options, as well as for those who would like to contribute to our knowledge on and medical options for the screening, prevention, and treatment of diseases. Many of the therapies used to treat diseases today are available because they were previously studied in clinical trials.
Who Can Participate in a Clinical Trial?
For each clinical trial, there are guidelines stating who can participate in the trial (called inclusion or eligibility criteria) and who cannot participate (called exclusion criteria). These criteria are based on many factors, including type of disease, previous treatment received, and patient age and overall health. In addition, a study protocol describes the inclusion and exclusion criteria; the schedule of tests, procedures, medications, and dosages; and the length of the study.
Who Decides if I Participate in a Clinical Trial?
Participation in a clinical trial is always the patient’s choice. If the doctor finds that a patient meets the study criteria and is eligible to participate in a clinical trial, it is the patient’s choice whether or not he or she wishes to be a part of the clinical trial. The patient may also choose to stop participating in a clinical trial at any time.
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The potential benefits of a clinical trial include the potential to be treated with a new medicine or medical approach that is not yet approved as a standard therapy. In general, people who enroll in a clinical trial receive excellent, high-quality care. The research team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. These professionals follow each patient's health closely during and after the study. The risks of a clinical trial include the potential for treatment side effects. In addition, in some clinical trials that compare a new treatment with an approved standard treatment, the participants may not know whether they are receiving the new treatment or the standard treatment. It is important to know that people who enroll in a clinical trial are free to leave the study at any time, for any reason.
How Do I Find a Gastroenterology Clinical Trial?
The NYU Langone Medical Center offers clinical trials for many diseases affecting the gastrointestinal or digestive system. Please visit our Gastroenterology Clinical Trials List for information on our current gastroenterology clinical trials.