Clinical Trials (cont.)

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Who sponsors clinical trials?

Clinical trials can be sponsored or funded by a variety of organizations or individuals. Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) frequently fund and sponsor clinical trials. Additionally, clinical trials may be sponsored by medical institutions, charitable foundations, advocacy groups, physicians, and/or biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies.

What happens after a clinical trial is completed? Is there follow-up care?

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The researchers in the trial will stay in contact with participants and inform them of the conclusions of the trial. In some cases, you may be asked to provide long-term follow-up in the form of patient surveys or periodic health examinations. Since most clinical trials provide short-term treatments related to a specific condition, they are not a substitute for primary health care. Your regular health-care provider should be aware of the trial and will work with the researchers during the trial. When the trial is over, you will continue to receive care through your primary provider and any other practitioners required for your condition.

Medically reviewed Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/26/2014

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