What Is a Clinical Trial?A clinical trial is an important part of clinical research and is the cornerstone of medical advances. A clinical trial looks for new ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat a disease. Treatments may include innovative drug trials, investigated biological drug products, medical devices, biospecimen research, or investigator-led research. In addition, clinical trials are intended to determine if new tests and treatments are effective and safe, as well as helping to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?
Current PatientThere is always hope when life presents you with the unknown. Whether you have been diagnosed with a rare disease and wish to receive the newest treatment or contribute towards others' well-being, our clinical trial team will give you the attention and care you deserve. Rest assured, we are committed to providing our patients with cutting-edge clinical care options, delivered in a financially responsible, and ethical manner.
As a healthy volunteer, you can contribute to the advancement of science or be a part of something greater than yourself by participating in a clinical trial. Research trials are a source of hope for many people and provide researchers with an opportunity to develop innovative treatments for others in the future. At CHRISTUS Health, we have the resources and dedication to provide our community with cutting-edge medical treatment for a better quality of life.
Learn about the many ways you can participate in our clinical research and academic programs. Our programs for medical professionals and aspiring physicians include:
- Graduate Medical Education
- Undergraduate Medical Education
- Clinical Learning Education
- Health Sciences Library
General FAQs About Clinical Trials
If you would like to learn more about clinical trials in general, click here. ClinicalTrials.gov provides a list of general frequently asked questions about clinical trials and research.