The Center for Clinical Research was established to enhance our Institution's ability to conduct high quality clinical research studies. Such studies often provide our patients with alternative treatment options for a variety of debilitating conditions that are not widely available. Our active participation in the research process will lead to the development of more effective treatments and ensure the medical community continues to search for the best treatment options available for our patients.
What is a clinical trial?
Although there are many definitions of clinical trials, they are generally considered to be biomedical or health-related research studies in human beings that follow a pre-defined protocol. ClinicalTrials.gov includes both interventional and observational types of studies. Interventional studies are those in which the research subjects are assigned by the investigator to a treatment or other intervention, and their outcomes are measured. Observational studies are those in which individuals are observed and their outcomes are measured by the investigators.
Understanding Clinical Trials
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The " view frequently asked questions" link below provides detailed information about clinical trials. In addition, it is often helpful to talk to a physician, family members, or friends about deciding to join a trial. After identifying some trial options, the next step is to contact the study research staff and ask questions about specific trials.
More information can be found at Clinical Trials.gov