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Why do we need Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials find new ways to prevent and manage diseases. Without clinical trials, we do not know if a new approach or medication works.

Most of modern medicine is a direct result of clinical trials. New interventions for most diseases and conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma, have been developed through clinical research. Clinical trials often lead to new treatments becoming available that help people to live longer and improve the management of a condition or disease.

Clinical trials can also help to improve health care services by raising standards of treatment. Doctors and hospital staff involved in clinical trials are continually trained to provide best practice patient care. Australian clinical trials are recognised internationally for including very high quality patient care.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Acknowledgement & further information

The content on this website has been adapted from

NHMRC Australian Clinical Trials

Medicines Australia