Clinical trials are research studies in which human beings volunteer for testing that will help discover what treatments are most therapeutic with the least side effects. Such trials are important because they can be influential in determining the course of medical care. There are clinical trials for weight loss surgery.
Clinical trials include clinical research, a study in which people answer specific health questions, interventional trials that assess whether experimental treatments are safe and effective in a supervised environment, and observational trials where large groups of people are monitored in natural settings.
Diagnostic trials and quality-of-life trials seek to discover ways to improve the quality-of-life for those who have chronic illnesses.
Clinical trials are always carefully supervised.
Bariatric Surgery Clinical Trials
Clinical trials for bariatric surgery usually focus on treatment aspects such as whether bariatric surgery might reverse specific diseases such as diabetes. Different trials might explore and compare the outcomes of different types of bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass versus gastric banding.
Those who volunteer for clinical trials have greater participation in their health care, have new treatments made available that others cannot access, and are contributing to research and the medical community.
Clinical trials participants will also be under the care of competent doctors, and the services that are received are sometimes free. All clients are screened to determine whether or not they are suitable for the study.
Risk Factors of the Clinical Trial
While the services of a clinical trial may seem enticing, it must be stated that there can indeed be risks. Certainly, lending your time and person to a good cause while perhaps receiving unbilled medical attention for the effort can be attractive, clinical trials can involve unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects.
Prior to the implementation of a clinical trial, the new therapy or instrument of interest must be approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRC) is also necessary. Both consents are meant to minimize as much as possible the potential risks of the trial.
Participating in a Bariatric Surgery Clinical Trial
Should you choose to participate in a bariatric surgery clinical trial, your informed consent that you understand the facts of the trial prior to participation will be required.
Come prepared with pertinent questions such as:
What is the purpose of the research?
Does the trial have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration?
Does the trial have the approval of an Institutional Review Board?
How will the research benefit me?
Can the research be harmful to me?
What will be done with information from the research?
These are but a few useful questions that can help. The Office for Human Research Protections is a good source to gather preparatory information.
Should you wish to explore the possibility of participating in a clinical trial about weight loss, the Clinical Trials.gov website listed among the references below is a good starting point.
Enter the subject matter or type of research you are interested in, such as "bariatric surgery," and a listing of studies will present along with the current status of the clinical trial. A search produced a list of 176 open studies for "bariatric surgery."
Office for Human Resource Protections http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/ - accessed 6/13/12
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Published On: June 18, 2012