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Our goal
To provide hope to tomorrow’s patients by solving today’s health care issues through research.

What is a clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a research study designed to answer specific health questions. All drugs, devices and medical procedures must undergo medical research before they are allowed to be marketed in the United States. Every drug you have ever taken has first gone through clinical trials to be sure it was safe and effective.

Who we are
The Clinical Trials Department consists of a clinical trials nurse manager, 14 study coordinators (10 research nurses and four research assistants) and three regulatory professionals.

What types of studies we do
The various backgrounds of the physicians and nurses doing research at Palmetto Health provide for expertise in nearly all medical specialties. This allows us the ability to offer South Carolina many of the same cutting-edge research as other well-known hospitals throughout the country. We currently or have previously coordinated drug, device or observational studies in the following fields:

  • Cardiology
  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonology/Lung
  • Trauma/Critical Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Surgery
  • Neurology/Stroke
  • Psychiatry
  • Disease Prevention
  • Vaccines
  • OB/GYN and Women’s Health
Download our "Becoming A Research Volunteer" brochure

Things to consider

  • Before you participate in any research, you must review and sign an Informed Consent. This is to make sure you understand the study and are aware that it is completely voluntary. You can decide to discontinue a study at any time.
  • Nearly 90 percent of eligible pediatric cancer patients enter clinical trials, resulting in an overall cure rate for childhood cancer that exceeds 75 percent.
  • Clinical Trials offer patients access to drugs/therapies that would not be available otherwise.
  • You will continue to see your primary care physician as usual throughout your participation, thus a clinical trial may provide you with additional monitoring of your condition.

What our patients say

  • In a recent survey, when asked what they liked best about working with us, our patients said:
  • “Knowing/hoping this will help others in the future to have a better quality of life as we age”
  • “The staff was so comfortable to be around. Very knowledgeable but fun with each visit. I felt very close to the staff at the end of the two months.”
  • “[Visits] were scheduled to fit into our regular schedule, and did not require a great deal of time.”
  • “My yearly calls just to see if I am still doing well.”
  • “The idea that I was helping healthcare of future generations. The kindness and helpfulness of the staff.”
  • “The staff was very professional, courteous, concerned, had my best interest at heart.”

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