Clinical trials

Clinical trials

Clinical trials are research studies which test new ways to treat, prevent, or diagnose diseases.


A clinical trial is a research study that looks at how well a new treatment works in people. The treatment may be a drug, medical procedure, medical device, or even a lifestyle change.

Clinical trial playlist

Watch these videos to learn more about clinical trials.

There are many clinical trial opportunities and new ones are developed every day.
Each study is reviewed, approved, and watched over by an independent panel of qualified doctors, researchers, and members of the community called an "Institutional Review Board" (IRB).
Are you wondering what it’s like to be in a clinical trial? Find personal stories and videos here.

Patient Q&As

Learn about patient experiences with clinical trials in these Q&A videos.

Clinical trial stages

Each phase has a different goal or certain questions it is trying to answer.

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Phase I

What is the best dosage with the fewest side effects?

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Phase II

Does this work, and is it well-tolerated by most people

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Phase III

Is this treatment more effective than others currently on the market?

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Phase IV

How does this affect special populations, for example, those with kidney disease?

Who can participate

You are the best judge and the only person who can answer this question. Participating is not without risks, but it may give you an opportunity to improve your own health.

How can I learn more?

Many nonprofit and government websites have information about clinical trials.
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Advance Kidney Research

Join the NKF Patient Network, a research study for people with kidney disease. By participating, you will receive up-to-date education, information about support programs, and access to clinical trials.

Clinical trials: What you need to know

Download our free clinical trials guide.

Descargue nuestra guia gratis. Ensayas clínicos: Lo que debe saber.

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