When you participate in clinical research, you become part of the Delray Medical Center team. Clinical trials help bridge research and patient care by evaluating therapies, drugs, diagnostic tools and patient care practices.
At Delray Medical Center, the needs of the patient come first. Part of this commitment involves conducting medical research with the goal of helping patients live longer, healthier lives.
Through clinical trials, which involve people who volunteer to participate in them, researchers can better understand how to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases or conditions.
Types of clinical trials
Observational study. A type of study in which people are observed or certain outcomes are measured. No attempt is made by the researcher to affect the outcome — for example, no treatment is given by the researcher.
Clinical trial (interventional study). During clinical trials, researchers learn if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Treatments studied in clinical trials might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments.
Medical records research. Medical records research involves the use of information collected from medical records. By studying the medical records of large groups of people over long periods of time, researchers can see how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
Clinical trials differ from medical care
When you visit your doctor, he or she will diagnose and treat your current illness or condition. During clinical trials, researchers are trying to gather new information that will benefit and improve medical care for people in the future.
List of Clinical Trials
Clinical trials at Delray Medical Center are currently being conducted in the following departments:
A clinical trial is a research project conducted with men, women or children to determine if an investigational drug, device or procedure is safe and effective. Some other words that describe clinical research are study, protocol, survey or experiment.
When you participate in a clinical trial, you can play a more active role in your own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research.
Research is conducted in the laboratory, and often in animals, for many years before an investigational drug, device or procedure becomes available to clinical trial participants. Only the most promising new treatments make it to clinical trials, which are conducted to validate findings of this earlier research that indicated that the drug, device or procedure is safe in human participants. During the trial, physicians and medical staff will regularly and carefully monitor each participant to determine if the research is effective and safe. However, there is always some level of risk, and side effects are possible. You will be fully informed of all risks before you decide to join a study.
A clinical trial may or may not help you personally, but it will give researchers information about treating health conditions in the future. In most trials, you are randomly assigned to a control group or study group. The control group receives the currently approved medical treatment or a placebo. If it becomes clear during a clinical trial that one treatment is better than another, the trial is stopped so that all participants receive the beneficial treatment.
Each clinical trial has a well-documented plan, or protocol, about what you will need to do and what is expected. You will be fully informed about the plan and everything that is known about the benefits and risks of the research. You can ask any questions at any time. If you decide to be in the trial, you will be asked to sign an "informed consent" form.
Activities vary from one clinical trial to the next, but most require regular medical examinations. Some trials require taking either an approved or investigational drug, while others require a procedure. Sometimes you record information about how you are doing at home. You also may be asked to return for follow-up visits with the researcher so he or she can evaluate whether the research is effective and is safe.
The information participants provide for a clinical trial is confidential. If the information from the trial is published or presented at scientific meetings, your name and other personal information will not be used. The clinical trial sponsor, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, also may review the research files and medical records.