As the only academic medical center in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System have many active trials that are enrolling patients across the system.
A clinical trial or study is research in which people can participate. It is one of the final steps in the process to look for better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat your condition. The purpose of a clinical trial is to research the effectiveness of a treatment, medication, experimental drug, or device. Many of the standard treatments that patients receive today were developed based on the results of previous clinical trials.
Every clinical trial has specific safety criteria that define which patients can participate in the trial. Be sure to ask your doctor which one is right for you.
Consider joining a trial today. You could help change the future of medicine.
Learn more about clinical trials from these resources:
- ClinicalTrials.gov is maintained by the National Library of Medicine, provides extensive information about clinical trials, and has a database of all active clinical trials in the U.S.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves clinical trials.
- The FDA's Office of Women's Health offers a good summary of clinical trial information, with content en Español.
- The FDA's Office of Good Clinical Practice Program provides information about reporting complaints about any FDA-regulated clinical trial.
- kidshealth.org is sponsored by Nemours, a philanthropic organization. The site offers clinical trials information for teenagers.
- The National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus website provides interactive tutorials, Spanish language content, reference tools, as well as news and journal articles.
We encourage you to contact our office if you have questions or concerns about participating in a research trial. Our team will be happy to walk you through what it is like to be part of a clinical trial and can outline the measures that are in place to make sure trial participants are safe.