Research Services for Patients
CHI Saint Joseph Health Research
The CHI Saint Joseph Health Research program promotes innovative research efforts and our team is committed to providing quality healthcare for our patients and community. Partnered with physician-led clinical trials and regional collaboration with other health care providers, CHI Saint Joseph Health Research is available to coordinate strategic research activities and provide comprehensive patient support.
CIRI is a partnering organization that connects Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals, such as CHI Saint Joseph Health, with system-wide initiatives dedicated to research and innovation. CIRI staff members come from diverse backgrounds that span community healthcare, industry, and academia.
Why do people participate in research or clinical trials?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future.
What is research?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. People volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies as well as long–term natural history studies, which provide valuable information about how disease and health progress.
What is a clinical trial?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
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