The choice to become part of a research study is often motivated by more than a personal desire for the latest medical advances. Participation is an act of service. Participants are the most important ingredient in the study and play a vital role in advancing medical knowledge that could benefit millions of people. Here’s what you should know as a prospective participant.
What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial studies a test or treatment given to people to see if it’s safe and effective. The purpose of a clinical trial is to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, monitor or treat a disease. A clinical trial may also show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials are carefully designed and follow strict, scientific rules that protect volunteer subjects and help produce reliable results that can be used by decision makers, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Who oversees a clinical trial?
A clinical trial receives approval from an Institutional Review Board. The Sutter Health IRB is a group of people chosen by Sutter Health to oversee clinical trials conducted at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center and other Sutter Health facilities. This IRB contains members with both scientific and non-scientific backgrounds. The Sutter Health IRB reviews each research plan to make sure the rights and welfare of patients are protected. After the trial has started, this IRB reviews its progress at least every year.
How do I enroll in a clinical trial at DRI?
Please contact Irina Nayberg, RN, CDE at (650) 696-4260.