Clinical research is a branch of healthcare science which determines the safety and efficacy of medications, diagnostic products, devices and treatment regimens intended for human use. These may be used for treatment, prevention, diagnosis. Clinical research is different from clinical practice. In clinical practice established treatments are used, whereas the clinical research evidence is collected to establish a treatment. According to National Institutes of Health (NIH) the clinical research is divided into three categories:
- Patient-oriented research: Conducted with humans or on material of human origin, such as tissues and specimens. This involves in mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials and development of new technologies.
- Epidemiologic and behavioral studies: Examine the distribution of disease, the factors that affect peoples health and how people make health-related decisions.
- Outcomes research and health services research: Endeavor to identify the most effective and most efficient interventions, treatments and services.
Pharmacovigilance and Pharmacoepidemiology Journal aim is to publish high quality research in the discipline of Pharmacovigilance by providing encouragement for editors, reviewers, authors, and readers to have an uninterrupted scientific communication.