Pulmonary clinical trials

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors and researchers find ways to improve health care. Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat disease. The purpose of a clinical trial is to find out whether a medicine or treatment regimen is safe and effective for the treatment of a specific condition or disease. Clinical trials compare the effectiveness of the study medicine or treatment against standard, accepted treatment, or against a placebo if no standard treatment exists. Providence Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine offers clinical trials for appropriate patients who have conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension, pneumonia, bronchiectasis, interstitial lung disease and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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ClinicalTrials.gov Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The following frequently asked questions provide detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.


ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

National Institutes of Health Office of Rare Diseases Research: Research and clinical trials

Links to Federal and non-federal information about research into rare diseases including ORDR-supported research. When you enter most of the Web sites listed below, you will leave the ORDR Web site. Please return to find more information about research resources, scientific conferences, genetics information and services, and other related information.