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Sleep Disorders and Clinical Trials

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What Happens in a Sleep Disorders Clinical Trial?

In a sleep disorder clinical trial, patients receive treatment and researchers observe how the treatment affects them. The patient's progress is closely monitored during the trial. Once the treatment portion of the trial has been completed, researchers may continue to follow patients in order to gather more information about the effects of a treatment.

Risks of a Sleep Disorders Clinical Trial

While clinical trials for sleep disorders have risks for the people who take part, each study also takes steps to protect patients. Only you can decide whether taking part in a clinical trial is worthwhile. The possible benefits and risks should be considered carefully. Talk to your doctor about these risks before making a decision.

What Questions to Ask About a Sleep Disorders Clinical Trial

You should ask your doctor the following questions if you're considering participating in a clinical trial for sleep disorders:

  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What has previous research of this treatment shown?
  • What is likely to happen in my case with or without the treatment?
  • Are there standard treatments for this condition?
  • How does this study compare with standard treatment options?

Clinical Trials for Sleep Disorders

For the most current listing of clinical trials in the field of sleep disorders, consult Clinicaltrials.gov and conduct a search under the term "sleep disorders."

The National Sleep Foundation Clinical Trials Resource Center also has information about specific clinical trials concerning sleep disorders.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 15, 2014
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