The discovery and development of new medicines or treatment options is a long and complex process.
Clinical trials are an important part of the research process before a new treatment can be assessed by independent regulators for use in patients. Clinical trials are an option for all patients to consider and play an important role in improving healthcare. Results from clinical trials help to develop new medicines, new medical devices, diagnostic tools and new clinical procedures. These results can also inspire researchers to raise new questions which lead to new findings over time and ultimately help us better understand the diseases and conditions people are currently living with.