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What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is the scientific term for the step-by-step process that studies or tests in humans a new procedure, drug, vaccine, or device. Each trial seeks to answer specific questions with the goal of finding better ways to prevent, screen for, make diagnoses, or treat a disease.
Why Clinical Trials?
Many of today’s life-saving treatments are based on yesterday’s clinical trials. Advances in hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart failure have been powered by clinical trials.
Why Minorities and Clinical Trials?
African Americans and other minorities are underrepresented in important medical research to find treatments for the very diseases that affect them such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, and lung cancer. Optimal health depends on knowing whether a treatment affects women or men differently, or affects a racial/ethnic minority differently.
How do I find clinical trials being conducted at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
All clinical trials at Johns Hopkins are listed at ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.
Where can I learn more about what to consider before volunteering to be in a clinical trial?
- Understanding Clinical Trials: a Guide for Participants
- The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation
- Clinical Trials and Insurance Coverage - NCI
- Becoming a Research Volunteer: It's Your Decision - OHRP
- Folleto: Ser Voluntario en Estudios Clinicos: Es Su Decisión
- Basic Questions and Answers About Cancer Clinical Trials (En Español)
- Why Volunteer? Clinical Trials of Medical Treatments - FDA
- Educational Materials About Clinical Trials - NCI
- Children and Clinical Studies - NIH
Articles of Interest
- Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT): Laying the Groundwork for Improving Minority Clinical Trial Accrual (April 2014)
- Perspectives on barriers and facilitators to minority recruitment for clinical trials among cancer center leaders, investigators, research staff, and referring clinicians: Enhancing minority participation in clinical trials (EMPaCT) (April 2014)
- Clinical Trials Shed Light on Minority Health (April 2013)
- Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT)