What is a Clinical Trial?

What is a Clinical Trial?

A clinical trial is a research study that explores the effects of a potential new treatment or medicine to help determine if it is safe and effective for humans. Clinical trials are how we learn to make a variety of treatments better. They help us get answers about causes, prevention, and cures. In fact, clinical trials are the only way new pharmaceuticals can be brought to market.
Typically, clinical trials compare a new product or therapy with another that already exists to determine if the new one is as successful as, or better than, the existing one. In some studies, participants may be assigned to receive a placebo (an inactive product that resembles the test product, but without its treatment value).

Clinical trials are conducted in “phases.” Each phase has a different purpose and answers different questions. For more information about clinical trials and their phases refer to our clinical trial information page.

Why Join a Clinical Trial?

Participating in a clinical trial is not for everyone. Healthy volunteers usually participate to help others and to help move science forward. For participants with an illness or disease, the clinical trial allows them to take advantage of the latest research developments, before new treatments are available to the general public and get additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Volunteers are needed to participate in clinical trials in the Connecticut area.

Clinical Trials in Connecticut

As a dedicated and experienced medical research facility, New England Research Associates LLC specializes in conducting Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV clinical trials in Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Pain, and other medical subspecialties. With offices in Trumbull Connecticut, we provide a convenient location for clinical trial participants in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York areas.

Many of the clinical trials we’ve conducted have been instrumental in establishing today’s standard treatments. We are constantly engaged in conducting new studies that will lead to future treatments.

Should you choose to become part of one of our studies, our professional and knowledgeable staff will provide you with an exceptional level of personal attention. Our goal is to use clinical trials today to improve patients’ lives in the future.