Why Clinical Studies?

Progress in medicine and the quest for knowledge which is required in the service of clinical research both for individuals and human society as a whole cannot be achieved without clinical studies on and with living human beings. That is recognized internationally and is not disputed.

For only clinical studies can demonstrate whether the safety and effectiveness of, for example, pharmaceuticals and medical products are ensured for patients who are to be treated preventively, diagnostically or therapeutically in future.

What is a Clinical Study?

A clinical study (clinical test or clinical trial) is clinical research on and with healthy, or ill, human beings (trial subjects) under systematic, repeatable and verifiable conditions which answers specific questions about the health or illnesses of human beings and thereby collects clinical parameters, data and other information.

Products such as the following are tested in clinical studies:

Clinical studies can also investigate procedures, operational techniques and special questions from the areas of sociology and psychology.

When Can a Person Participate in a Clinical Study as a Trial Subject?

It must first be said that:

Whether a given person can participate in a given clinical study as a trial subject is specified through the inclusion and exclusion criteria for trial subjects in the study protocol. In addition to general conditions, these criteria indicate which persons with which ages, gender and ethnic origins and with which general and particular states of health may be included and which persons with which illnesses must be excluded as trial subjects.

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Letztes update:  20.04.2009