Research plays a fundamental role in medicine to ensure delivery of improved diagnosis and treatments for the future. Peel Research Associates is a department at Brampton Cardio Pulmonary Services that is dedicated to investigations that improve the quality of life for people with heart disease. It is here that clinical trials are performed. Peel Research Associates aims to generate new knowledge and improve cardiovascular care through these clinical research efforts. If you are a patient at Brampton Cardio Pulmonary Services you may be eligible to participate in one of these trials. The trials are focused on improving cardiovascular care and can include a wide range of studies such as those lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, preventing heart attacks and strokes, and lowering blood sugar in diabetic patients. Below you will find further information on what a clinical trial is and why a patient may volunteer to participate in one.
What is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies that explore new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. The studies may look at the effectiveness of a medical device, treatment, or strategy or seek to demonstrate which medical approaches work best for certain illness groups or populations. Treatments may include new drugs or new combinations of drugs, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine the effectiveness and safety of a new test or treatment.
Reasons to Participate in a Clinical Trial:
There are a number of reasons why patients enrol in clinical trials:
- Patients can gain access to new drugs or treatments
- Patients are interested in having a more active role in his or her healthcare
- Patients are interested in receiving additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff
- Patients are interested in advancing science and medical care
By participating in clinical trials, participants will contribute to the future of healthcare and could help improve the quality of life for people around the world.