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Has anyone ever asked you to participate in a clinical trial?
Following my diagnosis in 2013, my neurologist asked me. At that time, she was a researcher at a nearby institute focused on MS. Since then, she’s become chief of staff, so I see her less frequently. Still, her neurology partner prompts me at every office visit to participate.
But it’s a scary prospect with lots of unknowns regarding participation. Today, we’ll take a closer look at what it means to take part in MS research.
Types of research
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes several types of clinical research conducted so doctors, patients, and researchers can better understand:
- disease detection
- patterns of disease in groups of people
- subject quality of life
- genetic links
- disease prevention
Also, clinical research varies in how you participate:
- Inpatient: Participants stay in a hospital or research center.
- Outpatient: Participants don’t visit a facility.
Clinical (interventional) trials
Participants may receive specific interventions, such as a drug, medical device, list of procedures to follow, or behavior modification protocol, such as a diet.
You might be given a placebo (drugs with no actual ingredients). You may also participate in research that compares two different kinds of interventions.
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