Clinical research participants (sometimes called subjects) are individuals of all ages and races. Researchers understand that some drugs work differently in men, women, children, or minorities. It is important to develop drugs and procedures that work well for everyone. Trials can be for healthy volunteers or participants with serious medical conditions.
When thinking about joining a study, remember that it is being done to learn what works, what doesn't work, or what works best. However, it is possible that subjects may not receive any benefit from the study and no guarantees will be made.
Making sure participants are safe is the top priority in all clinical research studies. For example, before any research study can start at Mercy, it must be approved by a team of doctors, experts and community members called the Institutional Review Board. For safety reasons, not every person will be eligible for every study. Patients considering participating in clinical research should talk about it with their doctors and medical caregivers.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in research at Mercy, you may contact our clinical research department at 419-251-4919.
What do you have to do to Participate?
Participants and/or their legally authorized representative must give consent in order to participate. Participants must also meet the stringent inclusion/exclusion criteria for the particular study. They must be willing to follow the directions and instructions of the research team, be willing to attend all study visits and must take any study medications or complete any procedures exactly as directed.
Clinical research/trials are not for everyone, and sometimes new drugs or medical devices turn out not to work. However, many times the research leads to important medical advances that can benefit participants and future patients.
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Who Performs Research?
Research is a collaboration between doctors, hospitals, NIH, pharmaceutical and sponsor companies, etc. The research is performed by health care professionals in every specialty, from family practitioners to surgeons. It can be performed at large hospitals or small community clinics. Mercy is involved in adult and pediatric research in Oncology, Infectious Disease, Critical Care, Pulmonary, Cardiac, Sleep Disorders as well as other specialties.
Why is Research Important?
From the medicines you pick up at the pharmacy to the most advanced surgery, modern medicine would not be possible without clinical research. Without research, medicine and technology cannot move forward. In fact, the government requires that clinical research be done on every new medicine before doctors can prescribe it.
Clinical research helps to take the guesswork out of designing new drugs and medical devices. A clinical research study allows doctors to find the most effective method of care.
Participant Resources and Support
Many changes have occurred over the years to protect people who decide to join a research trial. If you decide to take part in research, you cannot be forced to do something you do not want to do, and you have the right to leave a study at any time, for any reason. Federal laws are in place to protect participants’ rights.