Summit Medical Group provides state-of-the-art medical advances and technology by offering novel treatment options to our patients through our Medical Research / Clinical Trials program.
Our Research Review Committee is comprised of Summit Medical Group physicians and staff who manage all medical clinical trials, determine the scientific/ethical merits, and identify the potential impact of clinical research on patients.
What is medical research? What is a clinical trial?
Also known as clinical trials, medical research involves patients (often referred to as subjects) who might benefit from new treatments that are not yet available. Researchers use clinical trials to test a medication, device, treatment approach, or medication dose. Most research includes a panel of experts, also known as investigators, who decide how best to use the new treatment. The investigators also identify the types of patients who are likely to benefit most from the treatment. To be eligible for a clinical trial, the patients must fit certain criteria.
During a clinical trial, the researchers track and make note of all the changes (data) subjects experience as a result of the treatment they are given. The data are then used to make decisions about whether to use the medication, device, or treatment for a wide range of patients.
People who participate in medical research and clinical trials are volunteers.
In general, medical research helps determine whether:
- A new medication, device, treatment, or dose is safe and effective for a specific type of patient
- An already marketed medication or device can be used for a different disease or condition than the one for which it was originally intended
- A new medication, device, or treatment is more effective than previous treatments for a disease or condition
Medical clinical trials also sometimes compare more than one medication, device, or treatment to determine which is the most effective.
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