Dr. Hanid Audish on Placebos, Randomization, and Blinded Clinical Trials:
What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are research investigations in which medical professionals evaluate innovative ways to detect, manage, prevent, or treat, a disease or medical condition. When it comes to newly-developed drugs or medical devices, it is the step researchers take after preclinical research, but before seeking approval from government agencies for production.
The data collected from volunteer participants during these trials is invaluable in determining the overall effectiveness of a new medicine or medical product. After extensive theoretical and laboratory research, the effects that these often-times experimental treatments have remains an x-factor. Dr. Hanid Audish claims that clinical trials are meant to remove or mitigate that x-factor.