What is a Clinical Study?

Calendar November 29, 2016
What is a Clinical Study?

A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. Research helps lead to the discovery of improvements and new methods of health care that are designed to answer questions about disease prevention, detection, and treatment. Clinical studies hope to find a cure or improve the lives of people affected with health problems.

There are many different types of research studies. There are clinical trials, studies that test new treatments, or medical devices. There are also studies that look at health or behavior by conducting interviews or surveys. Azalea Orthopedics has recently joined OBERD, a company that specializes in collecting “Outcomes data” on patients that are having certain types of surgeries or procedures, and measures their quality of life. The data collected from these surveys will help our Health Care Providers to track the patient’s progress and recovery better.

We are beginning to collect data on our patients in the OBERD registry (database). The patients that are selected to enter into the registry depending on their CPT codes, which are triggered by the medical staff. It is very important to get the patient’s correct email address in order for these surveys to be sent directly to the patient’s home email address. We are in the process of preparing instructions for patients to log on to any computer to complete the surveys online if they do not have an email address.

Azalea’s own Director or Research, Debbie Waldrop, was featured on KETK East Texas Live discussing the recent clinical research at Azalea and how it positively impacts patients!

Learn how the clinical research study process works and Azalea’s two current FDA approved studies with Dr. Todd Raabe and Dr. Michael Russell on devices for back pain. Debbie also previews a new clinical research study starting soon with Dr. Chad McNeil on spinal cord stimulation study for chronic neck, back, arm or leg pain.

All Azalea clinical research studies aim to improve patient quality of life.

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