Medical scientific research
Diagnostic research or medical scientific research
Two types of research
There are two types of medical research:
- If you have health problems, you go to a physician. The physician will examine you to determine the cause of your complaints. This is referred to as a diagnostic assessment. The goal is to make you better.
- There is also medical scientific research. The primary aim of medical research is not to make you better. There are three types:
- Research to find better treatments for illnesses. Examples: a better medicine to combat headaches, a new heart valve, improved assistance in the event of depression.
- Finding out more about a disease. Examples: do licorice sweets give you high blood pressure? What causes ADHD? What happens after a hernia?
- Detecting an illness. Example: how can we detect (bowel) cancer earlier? Can you detect Parkinson's at an early stage?
You can find more information in the brochure entitled Medical scientific research - general information for the research subject, which is a publication by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).