CLINICAL TRIALS 6
Clinicaltrials involve prospective studies based on behavioral and biomedicalexaminations on human subjects aimed at finding facts on medicalinterventions for better health care services. Clinical trials leadto better medical services by introducing methods aimed at promotingefficacy of data and safety of patients. Before conducting clinicaltrials, sufficient information is needed to satisfy relevant medicalauthorities and approved for the targeted medical purposes. Thispaper explores the benefits and risks of clinical trials with a viewof evaluating the efficacy of medical technology in relation topatient safety.
ThroughClinical trials, medical technology helps health workers to find newways of detecting a disorder and they also get to find new preventionand treatment measures to apply. Moreover health workers are able toknow complete information concerning a new drug, how to administerand its side effects (The Lancet, 2009). In addition new surgicaloperations can greatly be successful due to clinical trials. Clinicaltrials also help in technological research especially whenresearchers want to study a new technology .They get to know theefficacy and the effectiveness of the new technology by carrying outthe trials. Through well researched technology the participants inthe trial will be given the best services since a new technology willmanage their conditions (Yang et al, 2010).
Pocock(2004) argues that clinical trials play a major role in the adoptionof medical technology by allowing the uses of medical methods topractice new changes before their full implementation. Pocock (2004)further argues that the practical application of new medical methodsor technology creates knowledge among the trial participants as wellas the beneficiaries of the technology. Moreover,clinical trials provide a basis of creating awareness to both thehealth worker and the participants concerning the proposed newservice that is expected to be used for health care (Gad, 2009). Thisway, the health workers are able to talk to patients and encouragethem to embrace medical technology which in turn the patient willhelp others who also need the services.
Clinicaltrials have vastly aided in detection of machine performance beforeit is implemented into the health facility. These processes helphealth workers to know the state in which medical technology must beapplied. This enables both the health worker and participant in thetrial to get access to the current standard care for the possiblydetected disorder (Gad, 2009).Inaddition to that the health worker is in the position to prescribethe correct dosage in future when the condition arises. This way thehealth worker is familiarized with every detail concerning themachine and on the other hand, the participant is in a position toknow his possible state and if the participant in that trial has thecondition he or she will enjoy standard prescriptions and also themedical personnel will monitor the progress of their supposed patient(Yang et al, 2010). Therefore the patient is assured of totalsafety.
Clinicaltrials help to incorporate new methodologies into the existingmedical technology thereby providing consistency. This is becausethe new technology helps in the smooth transition from the previoussystem so that the service provision to the relevant people is moreefficient. This new technology through clinical trials has given theparticipants more courage to continue with regular checkups in theexisting system thereby improving their health completely. Throughclinical trials, medical technology gives medical facilities a chanceto detect medical condition early and thereby giving the properstandard care (Gad, 2009). Medical technology has really played amajor role in providing better and faster services since theseclinical trials form the best foundation for research and analysis ofmainly new studies.
Clinicaltrials through medical technology have given the medical staff thechance to get all the information concerning a certain technologythat has been introduced in the institution. Ordinarily many medicalstaff are introduced into organization whereby they come across newtechnology that they are not familiar with thus they must be trained(Life Sciences, 2009). These trainings enable the new staff to gainmore information through the clinical trials carried out. This waythe staff is in the position to easily implement the medicaltechnology in relation to the necessary services rendered to itspatients. On the other hand when the clientele receives theseup-to-date medical services he or she is automatically assured ofpatient safety (Gad, 2009). In addition to that the medical personnelare definitely able to provide these services with utmost confidencedue to the introduction of medical technology through these clinicaltrials.
Aclinical trial through medical technology, on the other hand, haspossible risks accompanied with it. To start with a clinical trialcan pose so many dangers to the participant whereby everything beingused in the trial is new. There are new surgical procedures, newdrugs, and new combinations of drugs involved in the clinical trialsthat make participants not willingly show up for the trials (TheLancet, 2009). In addition to this the researchers or doctors are notable to predict any probabilities that the trial will be successfulor a failure (Life Sciences, 2009). Therefore the volunteers in theclinical trial are exposed to serious health problems because theyare not guaranteed of their safety before and after the trial.
Furthermore,when a clinical trial is scheduled in a certain locality even thoughit is being carried out using the latest medical technology, theparticipant turnout is usually very low. Many people do not offerthemselves for the exercise simply because everything is new.According to Yang et al (2010), people generally have a mentalitythat anything new that concerns their health poses a risk to theirlives. They fear for their lives and for the few those volunteersthey want do it with a lot of assurance. Last but not least clinicaltrials through medical technology may not work out as compared to theexisting systems because the outcomes of the trials are not known(Life Sciences, 2009). In addition these trials may endanger thecareers of doctors especially when the trials fail because themedical technology being used is new and expected to be incorporatedinto the existing system.
Generally,clinical trials have been proved to be tools for efficient medicaltechnology. Clinical trials have done this by helping doctors to findnew technology, new procedures and new ways of preventing futureinfections. Also they are able to incorporate new machinery in totheir existing systems. Finally doctors and participants get extrainformation about a new technology which in turn helps the entiresociety. However clinical trials have some risks like low participantturnout and poor performance of some invented systems. However,generally, clinical trials are successful tools for efficient medicaltechnology that are way far much safe to the patient.
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