What is a clinical trial? and Why are clinical trials important?

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research study that explores whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for patients. Clinical trials also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decision making and help to advance medical knowledge and patient’s medical care. ~NIH      https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/studies/clinicaltrials


Why are clinical trials important?

There have been amazing advances in Esophageal Disorders as a result of clinical trials. We have been able to advance the detection and diagnosis on eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs) including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), and are currently working toward better and more treatment options.

These advances would not have been possible without the many patients that have volunteered in and participated in research trials.