What is the importance of clinical trials in autoimmune disease?
Clinical research is vital, especially in autoimmune disease, as studies directly impact medical practice, particularly diagnosis and treatment. Doctors do their best to investigate and learn about the variety of illnesses encountered by their patients, but with the great variability in autoimmune diseases, there are some details that only patients themselves can know about their individual experiences. The best way to begin connecting the dots and help patients better navigate their illness is for patients and clinicians to work together. One major avenue to facilitate this collaboration for improved health outcomes is with clinical research studies, which is why so many of those with autoimmune diseases look to published clinical research studies for guidance.
Clinical research gives us answers, eliminates some red herrings, gives us clues about what to look for, and what kinds of connections can be made.