Patients and Public
What is Clinical Research?
Clinical research is used to study and improve various different aspects of healthcare not just tests with new medications. The results from clinical research trials are used to determine the best clinical practice for improving patients’ health and keeping them safe.
Here are some examples of different types of clinical research;
Safety and effectiveness of new medication, device, or therapy such as speech therapy
Comparison of different medications
Safety and effectiveness of different combinations of medications
How a health condition can affect the patients quality of life
Things that may increase the risk of a disease such as mutations in the DNA or environmental risks like smoking
New methods and procedures for diagnosing health conditions
Clinical research is a part of the everyday healthcare happening at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH). Opportunities to participate in clinical trials are made available to all patients wherever possible.