About Research and Clinical Trials at Cone Health
At Cone Health, we’re committed to bringing the latest advances in medical care to our patients. Our ongoing nationally accredited research and clinical trials help us achieve this goal.
Cone Health’s vision is “a tradition of health and well-being is woven through the fabric of our communities,” and by prioritizing research and clinical trials across six departments, we’re moving toward that touchstone daily.
Research and clinical trials test new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat diseases. Thanks to the things we learn from our research and trials, we can continue offering cutting-edge care to our patients and community.
We often rely on volunteers to participate in our clinical trials. By being part of these studies, participants are contributing to the advancement of medicine and improving treatment and outcomes for future patients.
Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Study Participant
The federal government's Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) suggests some questions that you should ask before you agree to participate in a research study:
- Why is the research being done?
- What will be done to me as part of the research?
- How will I benefit from the research?
- Could the research hurt me?
- What will the researcher do with my information?
- Will the research cost me anything?
- Who pays if I'm unexpectedly injured in the study?
- How long will the study last?
- What happens if I decide to leave the study early?
- Who should I call if I have a question about the research?
Bill of Rights for Study Participants
As a study participant, you have the right to:
- Make decisions free of pressure from anyone else
- Decide to take part in a study without being rushed
- Be informed about what question, topic, or issue is being studied
- Be informed of the procedure process and what the procedures are
- Be informed about the potential risks or discomforts, if any, of the research
- Be informed of if can expect any benefit from taking part and, if so, what the benefit might be
- Be informed if there will be no direct benefit to you
- Ask questions about the study at any time before, during or after the study
- Be informed of what medical care is available if you have any problems or injuries resulting from the study
- Refuse to take part in the study at any time
- Quit after the study starts, without any penalty
- Receive a copy of your Informed Consent Form to keep