Medical care has improved in the last 40 years. New medical treatments have been developed, in large part, through research conducted in laboratories, clinics and hospitals. Clinical research, research conducted with people, is vital to developing new medications and treatments.
At Lifespan hospitals and our associated clinics, our staff participates in clinical research. This allows us to offer our patients the most current care available. While you receive care at a Lifespan hospital or clinic, you may be asked to take part in a research study, or you may be asked to give permission for a family member who is not able to make the decision for himself or herself. We understand that our invitation to be a part of a research study may come at a time of emotional stress, but we will explain the study, answer your questions and allow you time to make your decision.