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What is a Diabetes Clinical Trial?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: O. Wallace
  • Last Modified Date: 16 June 2018
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A diabetes clinical trial is a study which involves the participation of patients with diabetes, with the goal of testing a new therapeutic treatment or device. Clinical trials are one of the last stages in the approval process for the development of medical devices and medications, used to see if the new product will be safe to use in human beings. People participate in such trials voluntarily, and may be provided with compensation for their time. They are also typically provided with free medication, medical appointments, and other support.

When companies which develop medical devices and pharmaceuticals make new products, they go through a series of steps, from the initial concept to the day the product is released on the market. The clinical trial happens after a series of tests have confirmed that the new product is probably safe to use, but more research is needed to learn more about how the product works. In a clinical trial, people determine the effectiveness of the product, the best use practices, and whether or not it is truly safe, using a population of study subjects which starts out small, and grows over time.

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Patients for a diabetes clinical trial can be recruited in a number of ways. Companies are quite choosy about trial participants because they want to be sure to control as many variables as possible while getting a group diverse enough to be able to generalize results in a meaningful way. One way to find patients for a diabetes clinical trial is to alert doctors who specialize in diabetes care so that they can recommend patients. Drug companies can also advertise trials, or approach a hospital to see if the hospital is willing to work with them.

Enrollment in a diabetes clinical trial starts with a long interview, along with a number of examinations. If the patient is a good candidate, the trial administrator will obtain informed consent, explaining the purpose of the study, the risks of participating, and the potential benefits so that trial participants can make an informed decision about whether or not they are willing to be in the trial. Patients are also usually informed that they can leave the trial at any time, although the trial administrator would prefer to keep them in the trial for the full duration to get the most useful results.

The administration of a diabetes clinical trial varies, depending on what is being tested and what stage of testing has been achieved. As a general rule, clinical trials cannot include actions which could harm participants, and participants must be closely monitored for any signs of complications which could indicate that they are in danger. During the diabetes clinical trial, any trial-related expenses will be covered by trial administrators, and people may also be paid for their time and offered other forms of compensation.

Participating in clinical trials is beneficial for patients because it gives them access to the latest technology and treatments. It also benefits the community in general, by providing information which is used to determine whether or not proposed treatments are effective and safe. Patients who are interested in being considered if a diabetes clinical trial becomes available should inform their doctors.

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