Medical research is a branch of medical science that has doctors and patients working together to improve medicine. Medical research and clinical trials are used to determine the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. The research may be used for prevention, treatment, diagnosis or for the relief of symptoms in a disease.
When you participate in one of Mercy Health’s clinical trials, you play a more active role in your own healthcare, you may gain access to new research and treatments before they are widely available, and you help others by contributing to medical research. Clinical trials are not for everyone, and sometimes new drugs or medical devices turn out not to work. However, many times research leads to important medical advances that can benefit you and future patients.
Mercy Health frequently runs clinical trials as part of our ongoing commitment to providing comprehensive patient care and advancing medical research.