As an academic health system, Cooper University Health Care conducts clinical research aimed at finding better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat many diseases and conditions.
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are research studies performed in people that are aimed at evaluating a medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. They are the primary way that researchers find out if a new treatment is safe and effective in people.
Many clinical trials are conducted to learn if a new treatment is more effective and/or has less harmful side effects than the standard treatment. Other clinical trials test ways to find a disease early, sometimes before there are symptoms. Still others test ways to prevent a health problem. A clinical trial may also look at how improve quality of life for people living with a life-threatening disease or a chronic health problem. Clinical trials sometimes study the role of caregivers or support groups.
Clinical trials are part of a long, careful process that typically involves several phases over many years before a new treatment, drug, or intervention is approved for use. Learn more about clinical trials here.