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How clinical trials have shaped modern medicine

Members of the ICU research team. 

Did you know the first clinical trial took place in 1747?

May 20 is International Clinical Trials Day.

It commemorates the day James Lind started his study to determine the cause of scurvy. By dividing 12 sailors into separate groups and testing the effect of providing different treatments to each group, Lind was able to provide evidence of the link between fruit and preventing scurvy. This is the first recorded controlled clinical trial and changed modern medicine. Around the world International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and research in healthcare. 

The role of clinical trials in modern medicine

Most modern medical treatments are a direct result of clinical research. New treatments for most diseases and conditions — including cancer, leukaemia, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma — have been developed through clinical research. Clinical trials often lead to new treatments becoming available that help people to live longer and have a better quality of life.

Clinical trials can also help to improve health care services by raising standards of treatment.

Advancements in healthcare would not be possible without people willing to participate in research and today we would especially like to thank and acknowledge all our research participants along with our dedicated researchers.

Clinical trials at Peninsula Health

Peninsula Health staff are involved in a wide range of research from clinical trials of new drugs and treatments to surveying groups of patients about their health or healthcare needs.  Peninsula Health also partners with other organisations in research projects.

At the moment clinical trials of new drugs or treatments occur in:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Haematology
  • Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Thoracic Medicine for asthma and other respiratory illnesses

Many other services have active research programs including:

  • Community Health
  • Department of Surgery
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Podiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Speech Pathology

If you are interested ask your doctor or treating health professional about clinical trials and research!

For further information go to https://www.peninsulahealth.org.au/research/