closeup of gloved hand pouring liquid into a beakerResearch involves the search for new information, and takes us to places where we have not been before.  Research about medicine or health involves learning new things too, and this type of research includes many different formats.

Clinical Research is defined as a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation involving human subjects, their data, records or tissue and is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.  Clinical research often is a tool that doctors and scientists use to find new and better ways to care for patients.  Clinical research often requires volunteers to participate in order to answer the questions being asked by the research study.

Other types of clinical research may involve the collection of information by surveys or the donation of tissue or blood samples for study in the laboratory.  Some research includes the study of large amounts of information from big data sets where researchers can learn more about specific conditions or clinical problems.  Other types of studies may look at costs associated with health care, or the types of care available in different areas, or other needs within the community.

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