Physician monitored trials refer specifically to clinical trials that are monitored by a physician. This can mean an individuals personal physician or physicians who are part of the clinical trial team. Physicians who monitor clinical trials look at a participant’s age, medical history, current physical condition, and medications they may be taking, as well as many other factors to assess their eligibility to participate in clinical trials. The patient is closely monitored throughout the process to ensure that the clinical trial treatments or medications are not interfering with their overall health in a negative way. Whereas other medical professionals involved in clinical trials may just gather information, it is generally the job of a physician to also assess feedback from the participants throughout the trial.
In clinical trials there are protocols put into place that all medical personnel involved in the trial must follow. There are also governing bodies that approve, track and monitor trials to ensure that participants are receiving the best treatment possible and that everyone involved is adhering to the guidelines. Physicians are the ones who generally know each individual’s circumstances and not just the protocol for the trial itself.
Physicians’ experience also means they have the knowledge and insight to provide feedback on the clinical trial in general. Since most clinical trials are very specific to a certain ailment or field of study, the physicians involved are usually specialists in that field. This also provides participants with another advantage. They can have direct contact with physicians who are experts in their field and on the cutting edge of the latest treatment options.
While all clinical trials are physician monitored to a certain extent, participants can feel confident knowing that there is a team of medical professionals doing their best to ensure the safety of the participants and the success of the clinical trial.