Advances Through Research
Groundbreaking medical advances are the result of new ideas and approaches developed through clinical research. Previously limited only to large university medical centers, research is now performed at top hospitals across the nation. Northridge Hospital remains on the forefront of these latest research developments by participating in clinical research opportunities and partnering with the nation's most credible institutions.
Carefully conducted clinical trials are a fast and safe way to find treatments that work in people. Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. You can ask your physician if you may be a candidate for one of the trials.
What are the PHASES of clinical trials?
PHASE I trials involve a small number of people to test a new treatment that has already undergone rigorous laboratory testing.
PHASE II trials involve a larger group of patients (100-300) and allows researchers to see if it is effective and to continue evaluation of its safety.
PHASE III trials may involve over a thousand patients at several medical institutions to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to standard treatment, and collect data to compare outcomes and make sure the treatment can be used safely.
PHASE IV trials occur after the treatment is put on the market to monitor effects of long-term use and also to see how it affects certain population groups.
What information is included in an informed consent?
Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts about a clinical trial before deciding whether or not to participate.
The research team gives you an informed consent form that includes details about the study, risks and benefits, purpose, duration, required procedures, and key contacts.
The informed consent process continues throughout the study. You can leave a clinical trial at any time without penalty, even after signing the consent forms.