What happens during a clinical trail?
The clinical trial process depends on the kind of trial being conducted. The clinical trial team can include optometrists and nurses as well as social workers, students and other health care professionals. They check your health at the beginning of the trial, give specific instructions for participating in the trial, monitor the participant carefully during the trial, and, depending on the study, may stay in touch after the trial is completed. Some clinical trials involve more tests and clinic visits than you would normally have for an illness or condition. For all types of trials, participants work with a research team. Clinical trial participation is most successful when the protocol is carefully followed and there is frequent contact with the research staff.