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If you are thinking about participating in a clinical trial, please talk to your physician!  Through the help of individuals like you, medical knowledge is advanced daily, and new ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure diseases and disabilities are regularly discovered.  As a result, adults and children here in Connecticut and around the globe receive better care and live healthier, richer lives.  Your physician can provide you with more information on Waterbury Pulmonary's current studies, and how you would benefit yourself and others by participating.

You can learn about some of our current research studies.

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A brief overview of clinical studies and how they are conducted, as well as questions to ask your physician if you are considering participating, from  

A detailed overview of clinical studies, how they benefit your local community and the world, and information to know if you are considering participating, from the National Institutes of Health. 

A series of personal videos from clinical study participants, describing why they each chose to participate in clinical research trials, and how it improved their lives. 

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Informed consent is a policy followed by all clinical research trials to protect patients and their health.  It requires that researchers provide people interested in participating in a research study with a wide array of information about it, including the risks, potential benefits and alternatives to the study.  The information is meant to help people decide whether they want to participate in a study.  Informed consent (additional information on the research trial) is provided throughout the course of a study, so at every point of the study, participants can decide whether they wish to continue participating.  Although participants are asked to sign an informed consent document before entered a study, to show they understand the risks, potential benefits and alternatives to the study, the signed document and consent of a participant is not a contract.  Participants may withdraw from a study at any time, even if it has not concluded.

Protocol is the research plan along whose guidelines a clinical study is conducted.  It ensures specific research questions are answered, while simultaneously safeguarding the health of participants.  Its information includes:

  • the reason a study is being conducted
  • who is eligible to participate in the study
  • the number of participants necessary
  • the information researchers must know about participants
  • necessary tests, procedures, drugs and dosage, and their schedule
  • the length of the study

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Clinical trials are fundamental in medical research, and form the heart of all medical advances.  They are used to determine new, more effective ways to prevent, detect and treat disease.  The goal of clinical trials is to determine how well and how safely a new test or treatment method functions.  Waterbury Pulmonary's clinical studies are overseen by our principal investigator, Dr. David Hill, and conducted by our specialized research team, which include all of our doctors and medical staff. The length of a clinical trial varies, depending on research protocol. Participants are fully informed of the length and protocol of the research trial before enrolling.

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There are many reasons to participate in clinical trials.  Not everyone who participates in research trials is unwell!  Healthy volunteers participate to help others, and to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge.  Less healthy participants also want to help others. Through their participation, they also receive extra care and attention from clinical research staff, and may receive the newest treatments for their illnesses.  Participants know they are protected from harm by the policy of informed consent, and by research protocol.

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