Clinical Research Glossary

standard of care standard of care


The usual treatment given to patients for an illness.

Example of standard of care in a sentence

Some research studies compare the study treatment to the standard of care for a given condition.

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Depending on the health issue, there could be many types of standard of care that are used by health care providers.

For example, there are different medications used to treat high blood pressure.

Other info to think about when joining a study

The term “standard of care” may come up in the consent form where it may explain that the study is comparing a new study intervention with the existing standard of care.

If you have any questions about the study treatment you are being given or the standard of care, you should feel free to ask the study team.

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