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Mercy Research is committed to improving the quality of health care for our patients by being a leader in innovative clinical and health services research.

We offer trials for a wide range of medical conditions including diabetes, cancer, trauma, burn, obesity, infectious disease ophthalmology, cardiology, high cholesterol, hypertension, gastroenterology, neurology, and stroke, as well as critical care.

We also provide patients access to clinical trials on new medical products and treatments, bringing them additional options and new hope.

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Patient participation in medical research is a fundamental part of finding new ways to manage and treat illness and disease. It's completely voluntary and all research studies are conducted according to the highest ethical standards.

Committed to Protecting Patients 

Clinical research inherently poses risks and benefits that must be considered. However, ensuring patient’s rights and well-being is a key focus of Mercy Research. There are qualified teams within Mercy Research dedicated to maintaining compliance with research rules and regulations, as well as protecting our research subjects.

The Mercy Institutional Review Board’s (IRB) primary goal is to protect the rights and welfare of human study participants involved in research activities being conducted at any Mercy facility and/or under its authority. Learn more.

Mercy Research Regulatory Team Mercy Research has a robust regulatory team to ensure compliance with federal regulations and the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives and to support Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions for new and ongoing study activities.

Compliance is critical to uphold the ethics, integrity and mission of our work. Mercy’s corporate compliance function provides comprehensive onsite and virtual monitoring for Good Clinical Practice (GCP), study conduct and regulatory compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Should I participate in a clinical trial?

People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. People who volunteer for clinical trials may gain access to promising drugs or devices long before they are approved for the public.

Do I have to participate in a trial?

Participation in clinical trials is always voluntary.  Deciding not to participate in a trial will not affect your care. Clinical trials are often treatment options that you may want to consider.  

What should I expect during a clinical trial?

Before you begin a clinical trial, you will be asked to provide your informed consent.  Giving informed consent is a process in which one learns about the research and its risks, benefits, and alternatives before deciding whether or not to participate. Informed consent is essential before enrolling in a study and ongoing once enrolled.

Many clinical trials research drugs or devices to determine safety and effectiveness. If you decide to participate in a clinical trial such as this, your health care will be monitored during required office visits by physicians and research staff. Throughout the clinical trial, you will have to take the study drug or device as instructed. You may be asked to have laboratory and diagnostic testing conducted. Other clinical trials exist to observe and collect data about diseases and treatment. These trials do not require a patient to change their current treatment to participate. The results collected from these observational trials may improve our knowledge and understanding of these conditions in the future.

What questions should I ask?

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important decision. You should think carefully about the potential risks and be sure all your questions are answered before deciding to participate. We encourage you to discuss your questions with family, friends, the research staff and your primary physician. Here are some questions you may want to ask the research staff: 

  • What is the purpose of the trial? 
  • What are the potential benefits and risks?
  • What are my alternatives to participating in this trial?
  • How long will I be required to participate in the trial? 
  • How often will I need to visit the clinic/hospital? 
  • Where will the visits take place?
  • What are my treatment options outside of the study?

Who is watching out for me and the safety of my health?

Before a study begins, the Mercy Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews the study’s goals, treatments and procedures to ensure there are no unnecessary risks and your rights are fully protected. In addition, federal agencies and external review boards evaluate studies to ensure their safety and compliance with federal regulations.

Is there a cost?

If you decide to participate in a clinical trial, some of the associated costs may be paid for by the research study. Typically, you or your insurance would still be billed for costs of routine care, including co-pays or deductibles. The investigator or research coordinator will discuss the specific costs of a trial with you before you decide to participate.

What should I do if I am interested in participating in a research study? 

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please complete our online contact form.

For more information: http://clinicaltrials.gov

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