Clinical trials are a critical part of testing new treatments for mental health disorders. Innovative alternative treatments for depression like Spravato® and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) wouldn’t exist without them. Alexis Meshi, MD, participates in clinical trials at Superior Psychiatric Services in Newport Beach, California, and, when appropriate, can help you participate and access the newest psychiatric treatments. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about clinical trials.
A clinical trial is the stage of medical research where new medications and devices are tested on people. By the time a drug or device is ready for a clinical trial, it’s already been thoroughly tested in labs and fine-tuned for use by humans.
Psychiatric clinical trials evaluate medical interventions, including drugs, devices, and procedures. The tests provide valuable information about new treatments, including how well they work in a diverse group of people and how safe they are.
Psychiatric clinical trials help determine if new treatments can effectively and consistently relieve symptoms to help patients lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.
There are many benefits to participating in a clinical trial. Perhaps most importantly, you can try a new treatment for a mental health condition before it’s available to the general public. You receive cutting-edge treatments and top-notch medical care that includes frequent checkups.
You also have access to more educational resources and support groups. You’re taking a more active role in your mental health care. Your participation also helps other patients, as clinical trials are essential for new treatments to be approved and released.
At Superior Psychiatric Services, Dr. Meshi provides comprehensive consultations and exams to determine if you’re a good candidate for a clinical trial. Each trial has unique criteria for participants. Depending on the trial, your candidacy could depend on:
Dr. Meshi can provide more details about the criteria and your options during your consultation. Her goal is to help you feel better and restore your quality of life. She explains what you can expect and answers any questions as you decide whether to participate.
If you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial, call Superior Psychiatric Services or make an appointment online today to learn more about your options.