Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective.
Clinical trials are the best way to study disease and effective treatment protocols because the disease being studied and treated is an organic event taking place spontaneously in nature, rather than being imposed within an artificial laboratory environment.
Clinical studies follow strict scientific standards. These standards protect patients and help produce reliable study results.
For safety purposes, clinical trials start with small groups of patients to find out whether a new approach causes any harm. In later phases of clinical trials, researchers learn more about eh new approach's risks and benefits.
These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of subjects. Clinical trials often produce the best data available for veterinary care decision-making.