Glossary S-Z

Below is a glossary of clinical trial terms that are meant to help you to better understand the language of clinical trials.

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Standard of Care Treatment

A treatment that is currently being used and is already approved by the FDA. It is considered to be effective in the treatment of a specific disease or condition.

Study Coordinator/Research Nurse

Study Coordinators are members of the study team who are responsible for such things as enrolling study participants and following them through the course of the trial, as well as ensuring the adherence to Good Clinical Practice guidelines.

Study Participant

A volunteer who participates in a clinical trial, either as a recipient of the experimental drug or treatment, or as a control who receives the standard of care treatment, or as a healthy volunteer who receives no treatment.