What is a clinical trial for arthritis?
When a new medical treatment is studied for the first time in people, it is not known exactly how it will work. With any new treatment, there are possible risks as well as benefits. Clinical trials help doctors determine:
- If the treatment is safe and effective
- If the treatment is potentially better than the treatments currently available
- If the treatment causes side effects
- If the treatment carries potential risks
From: Arthritis Studies: A Guide for Patients WebMD Medical Reference
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