Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment or device is safe and effective for human use. These studies may also show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Many of the treatments and medications used on a regular basis today were made possible by past clinical trials and the patients who participated in them. As a result of the progress made through clinical trials, many people who are being treated are living longer and have a better quality of life than would have been possible in the past
Clinical trials are one of the final stages of a long and careful process that begins with extensive laboratory research. These trials follow strict scientific standards and regulations that have been put in place at both the national and international levels to protect the safety and wellbeing of patients. If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, your physician will thoroughly inform you about the purpose of the trial and its risks and potential benefits.
Participation in a clinical trial is entirely voluntary, and if you choose to enroll in one of the trials we are conducting, you may have access to and benefit from new investigational treatments. Your clinical trial will be conducted under the close supervision of physicians, research coordinators and other medical staff on our research team.
For general information about Institutional Research at Yuma Regional Medical Center, please call 928-336-2972. To find out if you may be eligible for a current clinical trial speak to your physician.