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What is a clinical trial?

Scripps Clinical Research

A clinical trial is a research study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new investigational drugs, devices or procedures on human subjects. Through clinical studies, doctors find new and better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control and treat illnesses.

Why participate?

There are many reasons to participate in a research study.

Many people volunteer to receive drugs or devices not yet available to the general public. Some are seeking treatment for their condition while others want to feel they are contributing to the advancement of modern medicine. Whatever the reason, volunteers participating in clinical research are the driving force behind the medical advances that improve, heal and transform so many lives.

Scripps clinical research participation is voluntary. Informed consent to participate must be based on the volunteer’s understanding of what is involved in the study, including potential risks and benefits. Volunteers may leave a study at any time.

What types of studies are available?

Scripps currently has a variety of ongoing studies in such areas as diabetes, weight loss, cardiovascular health, orthopedics, primary care, cancer, gastroenterology, hepatology, dermatology, ophthalmology and more.

Learn more

For more information or to participate in Scripps research, please contact Scripps Clinical Research Services at 858-648-6402.