Delaware Arthritis - Return to Home Call Delaware Arthritis at 303.644.2633
Delaware Arthritis  |  Lewes, DE  |  Clinical Trials

At Delaware Arthritis, our goal is to provide the most recent advances in technology and therapies to our patients. With that in mind, our Research department was developed to provide access to the most recent therapies for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease. Clinical trials may also compare a new treatment to an existing treatment or to a placebo (inactive treatment) when no standard treatment exists.

Every clinical trial has an action plan, or protocol, for conducting the trial.

Why participate? Clinical trials are a key player in the progression of medicine.
  • People volunteer to participate in clinical trials for different reasons.
  • Some because they want to help advance medical knowledge.
  • Some participate in clinical trials because they have exhausted standard (approved) treatment options - which either did not work for them or they were unable to tolerate certain side effects. Clinical trials may provide another option when standard therapy has failed.
  • Patient visit schedules allow for close monitoring of all participants and their health status.
  • Many clinical trials offer continued treatment once the trial period is completed, referred to as a long-term extension study.

What happens in a Clinical Trial?
Every clinical trial is designed to answer certain questions. Medications are often tested to see how they compare to standard treatments or to no treatment.

Each clinical trial in the US must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review board (IRB) to ensure that the risks are minimal and are worth any potential benefits.

The IRB, consisting of physicians, statisticians and members of the community, ensure that clinical trials are ethical and that the rights of the participants are protected.

The 'Informed Consent' Process provides potential participants with the key facts about a clinical trial before they decide whether to participate. Upon reading the documents, you should ask questions about terms or procedures that you don't understand. This process continues throughout the study. Participants are free to withdraw consent at any point. Participation is voluntary.