Clinical Research Glossary

About the Clinical Research Glossary

About the Clinical Research Glossary

The main goal of this Clinical Research Glossary is to share easy-to-understand clinical research definitions so patients and caregivers have clear information when deciding whether to join a research study and throughout their participation. 

All definitions are developed by the MRCT Center and a committed workgroup of patient advocates and other professionals in the clinical research industry.  Before definitions are released, they are reviewed by members of the public. The resulting definitions are what you find here in the MRCT Center Clinical Research Glossary.  

In addition, the Clinical Research Glossary is being adopted and shared globally in order to establish a new standard for clear communication. This means that more and more groups are learning about and using this resource. 

The Clinical Research Glossary started as a small MRCT Center pilot project in 2020 and it’s kept growing! We’re so glad you found us. We hope that the information helps you navigate your own clinical research journey. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. 

Workgroup and Collaborators

The Clinical Research Glossary definitions are co-developed by staff at the MRCT Center and volunteers from around the world with many different perspectives. The team includes patients, patient advocates, health literacy experts, clinical research professionals, medical writers, librarians and others.

Here is a list of workgroup members, past and present, who have been involved in creating this resource