Types of Clinical Trials at Aurora Health Care
Clinical trials are vital to advancements in the field of health care. Research is the cornerstone for investigating disease prevention, treatments using drugs or medical devices, and other interventions.
Patient-centered research at Aurora Health Care includes clinical research trials in a variety of health care areas. A clinical trial is a specific type of research study designed to evaluate new drugs, devices, or treatments for a variety of health problems. Clinical trials enroll people to help discover whether or not these new drugs, devices, and treatments are safe and effective. Patients benefit from clinical research trials through opportunities to receive new treatments and they can take pride in the fact that they are helping advance medical knowledge through their participation.
Clinical Trial Professionals
The multidisciplinary team of professionals in Aurora's Clinical Trials department includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, researchers, research coordinators and others who partner with pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, government agencies and other sponsors. Aurora offers a variety of clinical research studies in primary care, specialty and sub-specialty areas.
Aurora patients can participate in several types of clinical trials, including:
- Treatment trials - testing new treatments (drugs and/or devices), combinations of drugs (and/or devices) or approaches to medical procedures.
- Prevention trials - looking for better ways to prevent disease from occurring or recurring.
- Diagnostic trials - finding better tests or procedures for diagnosing a particular disease or condition.
- Screening trials - seeking the best way to detect diseases or health conditions.
- Quality of life trials - exploring ways to improve comfort and the quality of life for individuals with chronic illness.
Clinical research trials are conducted in virtually every Aurora hospital and have led to important advancements in health care. The trials are conducted in a variety of areas, including cancer services, cardiovascular medicine, neurosciences, women's health and gastroenterology, among others.
High Standards for Aurora's Clinical Research Trials
Aurora's research is collaborative with many highly respected universities in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. We work closely with the National Institutes of Health U. S Agency for Research and Health Care Quality as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Aurora also has participated in many multi-center clinical trial programs, working to answer questions posed by other doctors and scientists.
Every clinical trial at Aurora is conducted according to the highest ethical and professional standards to ensure the protection of individuals who volunteer to participate. Aurora is proud to be one of the first medical organizations to have a research subjects protection program accredited by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program.