Here's Why You Should Consider Participating in a Clinical Trial

Here's Why You Should Consider Participating in a Clinical Trial

Clinical trials fit well with Dr. Andrew Lerman’s expert approach to the diagnostic services and treatments he offers at Gables Neurology in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Lerman and his team combine personalized specialty care with cutting-edge technology and research to provide the most effective therapies available for Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, migrainesParkinson’s, and other complex neurological disorders.

Read why Dr. Lerman may recommend you consider participating in a clinical trial.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are carefully regulated research studies that explore newly developed avenues for preventing, treating, or detecting disease.

A clinical trial may evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a new:

Some clinical trials study the effects of behavioral changes or habits for preventing and treating illnesses, such as dietary changes to decrease seizure activity or reduce your risk of dementia. 

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials can offer numerous health benefits. For instance, participants may receive promising new medical treatment that’s not yet available to the general public and is potentially much more effective than current therapies.

The medications, procedures, or other components of various clinical trials offered through Gables Neurology are free. You’ll also receive close monitoring by your specialty team throughout the study, including routine office visits, lab work, and other supportive care.

Along with personal health benefits, your participation in clinical trials also helps improve the lives of people across the world. Advances in medicine would quickly stall without the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of new therapies and treatment protocols studied during clinical trials.

Are clinical trials safe?

There are risks involved in clinical trials, which Dr. Lerman discusses in detail before enrolling you in the study. You may, for instance, not respond to the therapy under investigation or have an adverse reaction to a new medication.

Generally, however, the treatments presented in clinical trials are those that have previously passed safety and effectiveness protocols in the lab and during smaller studies.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a clinical trial?

Dr. Lerman determines your candidacy for a clinical trial based on the results of a comprehensive evaluation. Because clinical trials address very specific conditions, you must also meet study criteria such as age, symptoms, medical history, and previous treatment course to enroll.

Schedule an appointment today for more information about upcoming clinical trials or to take advantage of any of the services offered at Gables Neurology. Call our office or request an appointment online today.

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