By Janet Moore, General Manager – Research, Lung Foundation Australia
Clinical trials play a key role in driving future changes and discoveries of treatments, cures and preventions. They determine if a new test, treatment or combination of treatments may work more effectively, improve quality of life and outcomes or stabilise or cure diseases in patients. People participate in clinical trials for a number of reasons and some of the key benefits include:
- Access to the newest treatments currently not widely available
- Contribute to a better understanding of their disease and helping others in the future
- Ability to play a more active role in their own healthcare
- A great way for patients to receive additional care from the clinical trial staff.