Research Study Information for Patients & Families from Carilion Clinic
Research is a central part of quality patient care. Here at Carilion Clinic, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve. The purpose of our research is to promote excellence in the quality of care to our patients.
Research at Carilion Clinic is conducted under strict ethical and professional guidelines and is regulated by federal standards.
What is a Research Study?
A research study, also called a clinical trial, is how we get information on the best ways to prevent disease, diagnose illness, and treat patients. Diseases and our environment often change, so in response, medicine must continue to change too. For this reason, it is important to have studies that are designed to help answer specific questions about possible new treatments, or new ways of using treatments that are already available.
What Kinds of Clinical Trials are Done at Carilion?
There are many kinds of clinical trials conducted at Carilion. For example, we invest in partnerships with the Children’s Oncology Group and the Gynecology Oncology Group to offer dozens of clinical trials to our patients and communities who are in need of options for their cancers. We also have experience conducting industry-sponsored clinical trials for drugs, biologics, devices, and data collection registries in many areas including cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology oncology, infectious diseases, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, pediatric hematology oncology, pharmacy, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology, rheumatology, surgery, and wound care. These clinical trials are led by physicians at Carilion with the support of the 14 experienced Clinical Research Coordinators / Nurses by their sides.
Why Do People Volunteer to be in Research Studies?
There are many reasons that people participate in research studies including:
- Wanting to take an active role in their own health care
- Having access to the cutting edge of medicine
- Pioneering the future of health care for the world
- Providing useful information to improve the wellness of their community
What Clinical Trials are Being Done Right Now?
There are studies that might be of interest to you in the following clinical areas:
- Emergency Medicine
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Infectious Diseases
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Pediatric Oncology
- Pediatric Studies
- Psychiatry and Psychology
- Wound Care