Sacramento Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical and Medical Group, Inc. is committed to the scientific advancement of medicine and the development of promising new medical treatments. This philosophy has led to the founding of our in-office Clinical Trial Department. Clinical trials are done to get a closer look at promising new treatments or procedures for patients. A clinical trial is only done when there is good reason to believe that the treatment, test, or procedure being studied may be better than the one used now. Treatments used in clinical trials are often found to have real benefits and may go on to become tomorrow’s standard treatment. Sacramento Ear, Nose and Throat has participated in a variety of clinical trials, ranging from study medications for ear infections to chronic sinusitis.
There are potential benefits, as well, for clinical trial volunteers. For instance, volunteers with existing diseases or conditions can play a more active role in their own healthcare, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.
Safety is one of the largest concerns for most participants. The pharmaceutical companies that are affiliated with our studies have written protocols that the on-site physician principal investigator (one of our SacENT physicians) extensively reviews. The Food and Drug Administration oversees each process of the clinical trial, and an Institutional Review Board validates each Protocol and ensures the rights and safety of each study volunteer.
The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation has provided the following useful information for patients and their families to help answer questions they may have regarding participation in a clinical trial. Please see their website at http://www.ciscrp.org for additional information.