Clinical research may involve healthy volunteers or patients with specific illnesses. Sometimes it focuses on prevention, but other times it involves studying the effects of new therapies. Gastrointestinal Specialists of Georgia conducts various studies, or clinical trials, for diseases such as NASH, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and Clostridium difficule, or C. diff.
A clinical trial takes the research beyond a medical laboratory. Clinical studies observe volunteers in a normal setting and use data from medical exams and tests, as well as questionnaires, to measure changes over time. A clinical trial differs in that it evaluates how a drug, diet, surgical procedure, medical device, or behavioral intervention is more or less effective/harmful than standard treatments.