What is the value of clinical research?
Clinical trials are often limited to academic institutions, not inclusive of all demographics, or accessible for many. Despite these current barriers to participate, most patients are already aware of clinical research and deserve the choice to select it as a care option.
Value to patients
Patients participating in clinical research may:
- Receive innovative, cost-free medical care in studies with compensation for time and travel
- Explore research options that fit their needs
- Directly contribute to advancing medical innovations
The staff have been courteous, friendly and professional. I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this trial and hopefully help advance medical science."
– Clinical research participant
I hope the study leads to universal use of vaccine to prevent RSV. Study team excellent and I'm glad to participate. So rewarding."
– Clinical research participant
Value to physicians
Physicians conducting clinical research can:
- Elevate their reputation through thought leadership and publications
- Gain CME credits to further their medical educations
- Receive additional revenue opportunities
- Provide patients the opportunity to take ownership of their healthcare
I started doing clinical trials because I see the benefit for my patients. After practicing for many years, we have patients who have a multitude of problems and sometimes we don't have the right tools to help them manage them, so I think there's a significant amount of virtue in being able to participate in these clinical trials and to be at the forefront of these medical discoveries."
– Dr. Carlos A. Santos, MD, Principal Investigator OB-GYN Associates of Western NY
Value to physician groups
Physician groups providing clinical research can:
- Improved recognition and enhanced reputation
- Real, sustainable revenue
- Additional recruitment support in all research activities
We are now bringing clinical research opportunities into our patients' backyards. Participation in clinical trials aimed at advancing medical knowledge will no longer require traveling long distances, but rather can be done where the patients already see their doctor."
– Scott Hines, MD, Chief Quality Officer of Crystal Run Healthcare
How can more accessible clinical research improve healthcare?
By broadening the access to clinical research, we can benefit the greater healthcare landscape by engaging patient populations who are historically less likely or able to participate in clinical trials.
Engaging underrepresented patients for clinical research can:
- Be a key factor in creating greater health equity
- Highlight variable responses to medicine between groups, better informing treatment safety and efficacy
- Help gain trust in institutional medicine and empower more people to engage in their healthcare journeys
I started engaging in clinical research because I found it to be an opportunity for another tool in the toolbox in managing the care of patients. There's a lot of different ways that Family Practice works in terms of managing folks and their health – one of the things clinical research has brought is another opportunity to broaden that care. Investigational opportunities are part of the continuum of care and can often offer people a broader paintbrush, or a broader toolset if you will, in terms of their treatment."
– Dr. Richard Ruh, MD, Principal Investigator, Orchard Park Family Practice