Clinical trials play a vital role in answering the specific questions that arise around treatments and drugs in clinical research, such as:
- How effective is it?
- Is it more effective than an established treatment?
- Is it safe? What are its side effects?
By more people with dementia engaging in clinical trials, researchers can begin to answer more of these questions in the pursuit of Alzheimer’s and dementia drugs and treatments.
Unfortunately, researchers currently struggle to recruit enough volunteers, just as much as some people with dementia who want to engage in trials, have difficulty doing so. It is not common to talk about participating in clinical research after diagnosis
However, several Alzheimer associations have developed initiatives, including TrialMatch in the USA and JoinDementiaResearch in the UK to help.