Research Study Information for Patients & Families from Carilion Clinic
Clinical research is a fundamental and integral component 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.
Clinical research at Carilion Clinic is conducted under rigid ethical and professional guidelines and is regulated by federal standards.
Carilion Clinic researchers include professional staff from a multitude of healthcare disciplines, including physicians, registered nurses, clinical research coordinators and data management specialists. Talk with your physician if you think you may be interested in finding out more about clinical research.
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.
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:
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Pediatric Oncology
- Pediatric Studies
- Psychiatry and Psychology
- General Surgery