Is This Study a Clinical Trial? Why Does It Matter?
[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the Octoberl 2018 issue of JNPT]
What constitutes a "clinical trial"? Until recent years, this term was widely interpreted as referring only to randomized clinical trials. However, in 2015 the National Institutes of Health adopted a broader interpretation of this term, and began using the following description to define a clinical trial:
A research study in which one or more human participants are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.1
Read the full editorial in this issue.
Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Editor-in Chief