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Ballad Health participates in several large-scale, industry-sponsored, multi-center trials.
Ballad Health is dedicated to:
- Providing consistent oversight and management of clinical research performed at Ballad Health facilities
- Ensuring regulatory compliance and fiscal responsibility
- Keeping access to clinical trials available in our community
In addition to providing oversight for all types of research conducted at Ballad Health facilities, we support principal investigators in a variety of therapeutic areas including cardiology, oncology, rheumatology, endocrinology, pediatrics and orthopedics.
As Ballad Health, we’ve brought together a team of innovative physicians and clinicians who are at the forefront of groundbreaking research and clinical trials, giving our communities access to leading-edge treatment options. Clinical trials can be defined in a number of different ways, but they typically involve studies to evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments. Although in the past, many people in our region had to travel to large teaching hospitals for the latest drugs and devices, the majority of research studies today are performed at community hospitals and physician practices.
Potential benefits of clinical trial participation
Especially important in the fields such as cardiology, oncology and hematology, research and trials often lead to new approaches in diagnosing, preventing and treating conditions from heart disease to cancer and much, much more. Participants in clinical trials can typically play a more active role in their own health care, gaining access to new research and treatments before they’re available and leaving a legacy that benefits future patients.
Consider your trial options early
You should work with your doctor to decide, as early in your evaluation process as possible, whether participating in a clinical trial is an appropriate treatment option for you. Once other treatments begin, you might be ineligible to participate in some clinical trials.
You can always exit a trial
You can leave any clinical trial at any time. Ballad Health’s experts can help you determine the best course of treatment after the trial.
Safety, transparency and privacy
To ensure safety for all patients, every study is reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board, the director of research and a clinical research committee.
Our patients are monitored carefully to throughout every trial. Special care is also taken to help you understand any study you participate in so you can be an active participant in your treatment.
All patient information regarding clinical trials is kept confidential.
How to participate in a clinical trial
If you are approached about participating in a trial, listen carefully and discuss it with your family and your doctor.
Volunteering for any study is a choice only you can make.
If you’re interested in possible trials or research studies, your physician can offer more details and information.