Dr. David Wendler talks about the differences between research and standard medical care.
Research Versus Care
How Research is Different than Care
Clinical research can look a lot like regular, or standard, medical care. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference.
Here are some of the ways they may be similar:
Research is done to help find out if a treatment or procedure is good for a large group of people with a certain disease or condition. Research helps to answer questions for the future health of those populations. Standard medical care, however, focuses on individual needs in the present.
When considering enrolling your child in a study, make sure you understand the difference between the regular care your child gets at the doctor and what's involved in research. Even when the place and healthcare providers are the same as your regular healthcare team, find out what makes it a research study.
Make sure you ask: How is this different from standard care?
Here is an example of how some things in a clinical study are the same as in regular care, while some are different.
"...sometimes I forget that I'm on a study because everything's so routine: I take my medicine in the morning, I take my medicine at night."
"...if it does not work for my child, it might be able to work for another child and somewhere down the line...by me doing this clinical study today..."