HealthWatch: Clinical Research Trials

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According to the National Institute of Health there are nearly 300-thousand clinical research studies going on around the world. 


These trials are how researchers test weather new treatments are safe and effective. 
    
Aurora Research Institute and Clinical Trials Education Network of Wisconsin recently sponsored an event on the importance of clinical trials and how they can help patients and save lives. 

The Lunch and Learn on Clinical Trials 101 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center is designed to educate the public, “To talk to people in the community about clinical trials and explain how to get involved or just end up learning about them,” explained Laura Strong, PhD, Propagate Health, Clinical Trials Education Network of WI.

Laura Strong speaks across the state for Clinical Trials Education Network of WI, “A clinical trial is the opportunity to study, to research weather a particular treatment improves the patients condition or not,” said Strong.

“To make sure that whatever drugs we trial are safe,” explained Dhimant Patel, MD,  Aurora BayCare Medical Center’s Clinical Trials Program Leader.

A clinical research study uses volunteer patients to research new drugs, devices or procedures, “Studies are looking at treatments, new treatments, comparing new treatments with old treatments, more studies that are coming out now are looking at quality of life,” said Dr. Patel.


Aurora BayCare is involved in dozens of trials, “The purpose of clinical trials is to continuously improve on what we know and what we have to treat different cancers or any other ailments,” said Dr. Patel.

Dr. Dhimant Patel is a leader in the clinical trial program at Aurora BayCare which offers patients the option of participating in these cutting edge treatment trials, “Any patient that has any disease like stroke, heart disease, cancer are appropriate to look at for clinical trials,” said Dr. Patel.

Strong says it can help not only trial participants but others “They could potentially not only get better care for their own issues but also contribute to the future care for other patients.”

Patients must meet certain criteria. They have rights and can stop anytime, “There is a always risk when you are using  a new drug,” said Dr. Patel.

Doctor Patel says trials do improve healthcare, “What we have seen in clinical trial research is there has been an explosion in terms of how we are managing cancer and how new drugs are coming about,” said Dr. Patel.

 But  about 10 to 15 percent of clinical trials fail to recruit enough participants, “The lesserhealthwatch@aurorabaycare.com patients participate takes longer to get an answer,” said Dr. Patel.

If you are interested about clinical trials going on now you can ask your doctor click her at clinical trials.Gov. 

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com. 

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