Have you seen signs asking people to take part in a clinical trial? Have you wondered about your safety or rights as a participant? Did you know there are many different types of clinical research studies? Clinical trials are a type of research that looks at new ways to prevent, detect or treat disease. Doctors rely on these studies to know that medical treatments work for all people.
It’s important for diverse populations to participate in clinical trials so science, medicine and overall health can advance for all. Chicago Public Library promotes access for all and is a resource for many communities and populations that have health disparities and are underrepresented in clinical trials.
To increase representation in clinical trials and explain clinical trial research to aid informed decision-making, Chicago Public Library, Northwestern University and the Chicago Department of Health have created Health for All, a tool to help people make informed decisions about joining a trial.
Use the Health for All tool to learn about different types of clinical research studies, including how treatment trials test medications in people with disease and how epidemiological studies look for patterns and causes of disease in groups of people.
CPL is hosting workshops on healthy clinical trials in May at these locations: