Clinical trials are conducted not only in hospitals, but also by physicians in private practice. Pharmaceutical companies are often the clients of such studies, but universities or hospitals can also initiate such studies. An educational interview will be conducted prior to potential participation. Here you will be informed about goals, methods, advantages and possible risks. After sufficient time to think about it, you can decide whether you want to participate in the clinical trial. Participation is always voluntary and can be terminated at any time without giving reasons.
The initial consultation will be followed by the screening visit, during which your eligibility for the study will be assessed. If the assessment is positive, the baseline visit occurs, in which baseline values are recorded and then the study medication or a placebo is administered. During the treatment phase, regular visits are scheduled to monitor your health, the effectiveness of the medication, and any side effects. After the treatment phase, there is a follow-up phase to evaluate the long-term effects and safety of the medication.