Research is an integral part of healthcare. Only through careful and methodical analysis of clinical outcomes can we make informed decisions about healthcare. There are no absolutes in Medicine and each clinical decision both by the doctor and the patient requires a careful study of the value-proposition; an analysis of the risks and benefits. Only then, can healthcare become a collaborative approach between care-givers and their patients.
Clinical research has led to important discoveries that make our lives better. Volunteers are important in finding new and improved treatment.
When studies are finished, that data is shared with patients, scientists and doctors around the world. These results help improve the care of patients everywhere.
Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. The following information may help you make the decision that is right for you.
Research is a study that is done to answer a question.
Scientists do research because they don’t know for sure what works best to help you.
Some other words that describe research are clinical trial, protocol, survey, or experiment.
Research is not the same as treatment.
Research has led to important discoveries that make our lives better. Some examples are:
New drugs to treat cancer, diabetes, and other diseases
Ultrasound, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
Ways to stop smoking
Improved medical procedures
A research study may or may not help you personally.
In the future, the results could help others who have a health problem.
Research participation is voluntary.
Clinical Trials or clinical studies are patient based research protocols conducted to test whether a new drug, new prevention strategy, or new screening test is safe and effective in people. Clinical trials are always voluntary.
You can see a list of Clinical Trials including those for rare and genetic disorders here:
Our Research Projects