Words matter in clinical research
One of the best ways to understand clinical research is to have an accurate definition of all the terminology.
A negative change or medical occurance that happens during a clinical trial or within a certain time period after the trial has ended. An adverse event may or may not be caused by the treatment being studied.
The assignment of a group or subgroup of participants in a clinical trial to receive interventions, or no interventions, as specified in the study protocol.
A procedure (e.g. a blood test, scan, etc.) used to generate data required by the trial.
Terms compiled by Novartis and available at www.novartis.com.