Clinical Research Glossary

prospective study prospective study


Research that uses new data collected from participants.

Example of prospective study in a sentence

Prospective studies actively collect new data from participants.

More Info

A prospective study collects new data over time.

For example, a lung cancer study might compare two treatments to see if one works better than the other to shrink a tumor.

Other info to think about when joining a study

The word “prospective” is often used to describe the timing of when a study’s data are being collected. A prospective study collects data moving forward. It can be helpful to confirm the schedule with the study team.

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