As a patient in our clinic, you may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial or research study that will help us advance the care of our patients. Many of our physicians are also researchers with academic appointments at the university, and regular conduct research to help advance the care of patients.
What types of research do you conduct?
The types of research that you might participate may include the following types of studies:
- Interventional Study: In these types of studies your treatment plan may be modified to help prove the efficacy of a new device, drug or technique. An example is a clinical trial which is used to validate the efficacy of a new drug or device as part of the process of seeking approval by the federal drug administration (FDA)
- Observational Study: In these types of studies, the research observes what is happening during the normal standard of care. These types of studies rely on collecting information about you and your environment and may also include the collection of biological specimens or images, interviews or surveys.
Who is conducting the research?
Our research is conducted by a person called a Principal Investigator. This person may be your physician or another physician at the university. Before they can conduct research they must have permission form the university’s Internal Review Board (IRB) who review the study to make sure it is scientifically sound and that reasonable measures have been taken to ensure your safety and privacy.
The Principal Investigator has a research team that assists in conducting the study. This team may include a research coordinator, who will assist in explaining the research study to you and who may be responsible for helping to conduct the study by collecting information.
What should I expect, if i am being asked to participate in a study?
If a physician or a research coordinator asks you to participate in a study and you would like to learn more, there will be a short interview of about five minutes called an Informed Consent Interview. During this interview, the researcher will explain to you the details of the study and what the potential risks are related to your participation. If you would like to participate, you will be asked to sign an Informed Consent form and will be enrolled in the study.
In most studies, there are specific criteria that you must meet to participate. You may be asked a series of screening question to determine if you are eligible for the study. These questions may include information about your health status, demographics, sex, marital status, treatment plan, social and medical history and other personal information. Our researchers are often looking to determine health outcomes on very specific segments of the population, for example, the recovery after knee injury of latino female soccer players between the ages of 18 – 25.
You are not obligated to participate in any research study to receive regular care, and if you would like to withdraw from any study for any reason, you are free to do so.
Do I get paid for participating in a research study?
Sometimes. Occasionally our research is sponsored by an outside entity like the government, a charitable organization, or a company. If we have sponsorship for a research study and that study requires that you must spend additional time to participate, for example if you need to spend additional time that would not be a part of your normal care plan, we may be able to offer you a small stipend for participating. Any additional stipend will be explained in the Informed Consent Interview before you enroll for the study.