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Clinical Trial Lingo

Clinical trials are highly regulated and must follow many protocols and procedures. The language researchers use to describe their work often contains words that are unfamiliar to most people. It is important to know not only the phase of a trial you are interested in, but also how many “arms” the trial has, whether patients are “randomized” to different treatments, and if you and your doctor will be “blinded” to which treatment you receive. By learning the lingo, you’ll be able to understand a trial’s goals and objectives. You’ll also have a better idea of what questions you want to ask before you decide whether to take part.

In this video learn how to understand research language to understand what a study is about

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