“Do you work in a lab with rats?” is the most common question I get when I tell people I work in clinical research. There is a general misunderstanding that all research must involve a laboratory and cute, fluffy animals. The truth is “clinical research” involves humans as participants.
What a clinical researcher does is to find answers to unsolved medical and health-related questions using ethically and scientifically sound study designs. They may be looking for the best way to detect diseases, better diagnostic procedures, better treatments, or better care and treatment cost effectiveness.
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