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What are clinical trials?

The standard definition, given by clinicaltrials.gov states that in a clinical trial (also called an interventional study) participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices, procedures or changes to participants' behavior (i.e., diet). Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available or to a placebo that contains no active ingredients or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other.

When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants. For example, investigators may give a drug or treatment to participants who have high blood pressure to see whether their blood pressure decreases.

Clinical trials involving new drugs are usually classified into four phases. Emory Decatur Hospital’s physicians participate in Phases II – IV. Physicians participating in clinical trials will offer the option to patients who meet the study parameters and for whom the new drug is safer, has fewer side effects or is more effective than standard treatment.

For more information about clinical trials research, visit http://www.ClinicalTrials.gov and search for Decatur, GA trials. 

Emory Decatur Hospital offers clinical research studies in many different areas, including:

Cardiology and Vascular Disease

Within the therapeutical area of Cardiovascular Disease, treatments may be provided to patients who suffer coronary artery disease (CAD) due to the build-up of plaque in their arteries or studies into the causes of irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias).

Hematology and Oncology/Cancer

Emory Decatur Hospital offers many clinical trials in the area of cancer research and blood disorders. Whether it is reviewing a patient’s blood and tissue work to see if they are susceptible to a cancer gene or researching a current breast cancer patient to test side effect results, we strive to provide the most up-to-date studies and treatments for our patients. Click here for more information.

Immunology/Infectious Disease

Clinical trials in this area are seeking to provide research and treatments to infectious or transmissible diseases which may include, but are not limited to viral diseases, parasitological diseases, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria or Lyme disease.


This area of study involves trials which may provide treatments or answers to gastrointestinal diseases to the organs. This may include colon cancer, Celiac disease, cervical cancer, kidney stones, ulcers, etc.

For more information about our clinical trials or to see an entire list of open trials, call 404.501.5649 or email Racquel.Williams@DeKalbMedical.org. If you are interested in participating in a specific trial, we recommend you speak with your physician.

Source:  http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/about-studies/learn#WhatIs