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What to expect during clinical trials

Research is the key to improved patient care. It's used to help with understanding how to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Comparing treatments

Clinical trials may involve comparing existing treatments or looking at the effectiveness of new ones.

Sometimes this means observing people when they are receiving certain treatments, compared to those with the same disease who are not receiving treatment, or who are receiving a different treatment.

Testing treatments

In order to test the different treatments some research studies will involve giving a blood sample or may involve undergoing x-rays or other types of scan. You would always receive full information about any trial before agreeing to take part and you are always free to opt out at any time when taking part in a trial.