People with diabetes enroll in clinical trials for several reasons. But before we do we need to know all the pros and cons.
One of the best ways to learn about clinical trials is a new website. Corengi.com, which stands for Clinical Options Research Engine, can match us to appropriate clinical trials.
But before you sign up for one I recommend that you take a look at its new video, “What ARE Clinical Trials?” In five short minutes the video explains many of the key concepts in clinical research. It explains, for example, the different phases of clinical trials, it highlights the differences between interventional and observational trials, it provides examples of inclusion and exclusion criteria, and it describes the purpose of an Institutional Review Board.
Ryan Luce, Corengi’s president and founder, told me that his company produced the video to help people with diabetes understand more about “the convoluted process” of clinical research.
“We focus on type 2 diabetes trials now,” Ryan says. “We really need to get an analogous tool for type 1. And we plan to add several other chronic conditions later.”