Post by Lαrα on Mar 4, 2014 12:41:29 GMT -8
I thought i would starts some threads that explained some of the basics of trials and research.
We have had several discussions on the forum on the subject of Spinal Cord Injury cure and trials which have successfully confused me to say the least and i have a feeling that im not alone!
So lets try to make some sense of it!
However, it is only by conducting properly controlled clinical trials that we can ensure safe and truly effective treatments become available for those that need them.
Why are trials conducted?
to test a new treatment
to test a new combination of treatments
to examine ways to prevent or reduce impact of a disease
The article goes on to explain about why clinical trials fail...due to concerns over safety or effectiveness. Its easy to see how much money must go into this that is potentially 'wasted'. Maybe its a case of 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'.
This new era brings great promise but also many unknowns, particularly in terms of safety.
Before a trial can be carried out it has to meet certain conditions of criteria. An ethics committee will consider all aspects of the trial. This committee ensures that the correct questions are asked about the trial so that safety is priority.
The committee will also oversee who and who cant participate in the trial...its has to be of potential benefit to the individual and with no risks that can affect their health.
From this point of view i can see that it would be very likely that a drug company would want to push through a trial and prove it successful...its big money and business. I would hope that at this stage of removing bias...that it is truly effective because otherwise there is the potential for dangerous drugs to seep out for use on the public.
So removing bias includes offering a placebo group who have been randomly selected an inactive drug or therapy so that fair results are achieved.
It should show the effectiveness of the trialed drug/therapy also.
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