Clinical trials are research studies that look at new medicines, treatments, or devices, and gives us insight into what works and doesn’t work. Research studies can help patients by giving them options and access to new therapies and treatments. Eventually, thanks to research, these new therapies and treatments can become standards of care for all patients. Clinical trials allow us to learn about new therapies and identify new ways to treat and manage many chronic conditions. While participating in a clinical trial, your health will be monitored by one of our medical providers. Our Clinical trials team will also work closely with you over the duration of the study, and address any questions or concerns you may have along the way.
Clinical Trials FAQ:
What does the treatment in a clinical trial do? Doctors want to know if a treatment works, and how well it works. Clinical trials also look to find out if the treatment being studied is better than what is currently being used. Questions that a clinical trial is looking for are: does it cause side effects? Does it help people who aren’t helped by other treatments?
Is the treatment safe? This is another important question. Any time someone takes or does anything, there is a risk involved. Clinical trials try to find out if the benefits of the treatment outweigh any possible risks.
How do I participate? In order to participate in a clinical trial, you must first meet with our clinical trials team. Eligibility to participate in a clinical trial is based on your medical history and whether we are currently recruiting. Our team can let you know if you qualify, and walk you through the steps to get started.
What if I change my mind? Participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary. You may choose to stop participating in the study at any time.
The SDFC Clinical Trials department currently works with several different pharmaceutical companies.
The Clinical Trials department is currently working on studies for:
- Diabetes (Type II)
- High Cholesterol
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, speak to your primary care provider. Participation in a clinical trial is completely voluntary, and you can change your mind at any time. Eligible participants in clinical trials receive modest compensation for their time, and free related health care.
Clinical trials services at SDFC are currently available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
SDFC is recruiting for new studies throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in a Clinical Trial, or would like more information, please contact: 858 810 8717.