Patients and Volunteers
As a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider, Aurora Health Care recognizes the significance of new knowledge gained through participation in clinical research.
About Our Team
The clinical research team began in 2000 with a single research coordinator responsible for a handful of oncology trials. It has grown into a clinical trials team of more than 65 caregivers that provide support for the investigators in the form of regulatory and protocol compliance. It also includes an expert group of physicians trained in the conduct of clinical trials reflective of Good Clinical Practices guidelines.
All research coordinators are required to prepare for and meet the requirements of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) or the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) certification.
Clinical Trial Patients
A patient may be approached about a research study in a physician office or clinic, in an outpatient procedural area, or on an inpatient hospital unit. A patient may also be contacted by phone about clinical trial participation or a patient may search an online listing of available clinical trials at Aurora.
The study is completely explained to a patient through an informed consent process and a document is signed before any research activities are conducted. Patients who agree to participate in a research study are referred to as research subjects. The rights and welfare of research subjects are protected by the Aurora Research Subject Protection Program.
Participation in a clinical trial is optional and patients are not denied care if they refuse participation. There is a difference between being a patient and a research subject. As a patient, health care decisions are made by the doctor and the patient. As a research subject, health care decisions, including treatment and/or follow-up are done in accordance with a research protocol. Trial participation may offer a patient additional follow-up opportunities above and beyond the standard sequence of care. All protocols contain safety rules that minimize risks to the subject. For more information, contact us.