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Clinical Research

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Clinical research leads to ground-breaking ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Here at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, research is a key part of our work. Our world-class doctors and research staff make our hospital a top-tier research center, one of the best in the Pacific Northwest.

We actively welcome people to take part in a variety of research studies. Many participants are among the first people to benefit from new medical devices and treatments.

But even people in the control groups of research studies who receive standard care get something important out of the experience — the knowledge that they’re helping advance medicine and improve people’s lives.

When you participate in our studies, we value your time and contributions. And we take great care to ensure all our research follows clinical practice guidelines and all applicable laws. At Providence, your safety, health and well-being are always our main concern.
We run a number of clinical trials through our Colby campus that evaluate medications and medical devices. They also look at quality of life for some of the best-known organizations in medicine, including the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Oxford.

Through the Providence Regional Cancer Partnership, we have a dedicated team that focuses on cancer research. It’s part of our commitment to ensuring our patients get the best possible treatments and care.

Cancer trials may evaluate new medications and other treatments. They also look at ways to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. These trials tend to have very specific requirements for participating. If there’s a trial you’re interested in, speak with your doctor.

What’s the benefit of participating in a clinical trial?
One of the biggest benefits is that you may gain access to medical treatments, devices or drugs that you wouldn’t otherwise have. You’ll also receive extra follow-up in addition to your standard care. For many people, helping to advance medical knowledge is very satisfying.

Is there any risk in participating?
That depends on the trial. Some trials have no real risks. But those that are looking at new drugs or devices might. We take great care to make trials as safe as possible, but there are no guarantees. We’ll explain potential risks to you before you sign up. It’s up to you to decide if that risk is acceptable.

If I sign up for a study, can I choose to end my participation?
Yes. Your participation is always voluntary, and you can leave any time you choose. If you do leave a study, though, you generally won’t be able to rejoin it if you change your mind later.

Will I get paid for participating?
In most cases, no. Federal law generally prohibits researchers from paying people to participate in clinical trials. Sometimes, however, you might receive a stipend for a study visit to cover additional travel and/or research related activities.

Will it cost me anything to participate?
Usually there’s no financial cost to participate. However, there will be a commitment of time and energy. You may need to come into the research center at occasionally, for example. And depending on the trial, you may need to provide things such as blood or tissue samples. We’ll give you all the specifics before you commit to signing up.

How do I get involved in a trial?
Ask your physician if you will qualify for trials that are ongoing. Be aware there are criteria you have to meet to participate. Before you can officially participate, we’ll give you the details of the study and what we’ll expect from you. We’ll also ask questions to make sure you’re a good fit. This process is known as informed consent.