Clinical Trials Advance Treatment and Behavioral Health Knowledge
It’s essential for students and practitioners to keep up-to-date on clinical research so they are aware of what approaches and treatments work best for people.
The goals of research include developing new treatments or medications, identifying risk factors for particular conditions or studying trends. Clinical research findings are especially valuable to medical and behavioral health education because of focuses on treatment, diagnosis and prevention.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are strict rules governing clinical studies placed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sometimes called clinical trials or protocols, clinical research relies on participants or volunteers so confidentiality is an important part of research. Rules regarding confidentiality ensure that only the individual patient and researchers know medical information of the clinical trial participants. Study results are presented as trends or overall findings and do not mention specific participants.
The participation of volunteers has contributed to advancement in mental health treatment. Clinical researchers have learned more about the causes of mental disorders and behavioral health problems. They are discovering new and better treatments. Clinical trials also focus on existing therapies by evaluating their benefits and safety. Additionally, studies explore ways to improve comfort and the quality of life for individuals.
The results from clinical studies help healthcare professionals make informed decisions about the care they provide patients. The improvement of health treatments requires the involvement of volunteers and professionals at this important stage of developing medical knowledge.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is one of the many resources available to learn more about behavioral health issues and research.