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The main goals of any clinical trial:

• Finding out if a new treatment or approach is effective

• Understanding what side effects may occur


Clinical trial opportunities

At Optum, we are committed to making the health care system work better for everyone. As part of our mission, the Optum Digital Research Network (DRN) is no exception, with a focus on improving and ultimately changing the way that clinical research is done with a patient-centric approach.

While the network does not sponsor, perform or enroll patients for clinical trials, it partners with both life sciences companies and health care providers to help expand patient treatment options through our tech-enabled platform. For patients or caregivers, the DRN website does, however, offer suggestions for participating in clinical trial opportunities by talking to your doctors, searching online resources and joining specialized advocacy groups.

Clinical trials are an important part of making medical advances and finding better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat disease. These clinical trials may also show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. 

Clinical trials can study many things, such as:

  • New drugs not yet approved by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
  • New uses of drugs already approved by the FDA
  • New ways to give drugs, such as in pill form
  • New tests to find and track disease
  • Drugs or procedures that relieve symptoms

People choose to participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Helping advance medical science
  • Getting the opportunity to receive the newest treatments
  • Receiving additional care and attention from the health care professionals on the clinical trial staff
  • Helping other people living with illness
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How to find a clinical trial


Talk to your doctor. 

  • He or she may know of a clinical trial available at your hospital.
  • You can also ask if there are other trials at nearby hospitals.

Search for trials online.

  • lists clinical trials for many different diseases.
  • Drug and biotechnology companies often have lists of their clinical trials on their websites.
  • Clinical trial listing services also provide lists of clinical trials as a part of their business.

Ask an advocacy group.

  • Contact an advocacy group directly for help finding clinical trials.
  • The advocacy group may list clinical trials on their websites or refer you to the websites of organizations that match patients to trials.