Clinical trials are a form of medical research which investigate or trial better ways to manage a particular disease. The purpose of a clinical trial is to evaluate new approaches to learn how people respond to the intervention and/or what adverse effects might occur as a result. Clinical trials are an important element of evidence-based medicine. APMA strongly supports evidence-based policies, practices and treatments, to ensure safe, timely, and effective management of ill-health, including chronic pain. An important element of evidence-based medicine is well-designed and evaluated clinical trials.
The understanding of, and treatment options for the wide range of pain conditions has expanded considerably in recent times. Clinical trials have played an important role in helping to expand knowledge of the management of pain.
From time to time APMA specifically endorses and agrees to assist in recruiting patients to a particular clinical trial or study. There is a modest charge to cover our administrative expenses associated with this assistance. This charge is applied to NHMRC and ARC-funded research as well as commercial trials. In some cases the charge may be reduced or waived to assist post-graduate or similar research. Details of research currently listed with APMA are here. If you are interested in publicising a study about persistent pain or pain as a symptom of another condition, please contact [email protected].
One source of information about clinical trials being undertaken in Australia and New Zealand is the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR), which can be accessed through AustralianClinicalTrials.gov.au. This website includes trials from the full range of theurapeutic areas of pharmaceuticals, surgical procedures, preventative measures, devices, treatments and rehabilitation strategies and complementary therapies. It is a one-stop shop for all clinical trials, and all clinical trial results – including those with adverse or negative findings – are reported. The website also includes eLeaning modules that provide n overview of teh nature and importance of the clinical trials environment and approval process in Australia.