Eligibility for Clinical Trials
All research studies have guidelines about who can enroll. Some studies need volunteers with specific illnesses or conditions, while others require healthy individuals. Selection criteria are generally based on such factors as age, type of disease, medical history and current medical condition. Careful selection is essential to minimize risks for volunteers and to ensure that the data from the research is accurate.
At one time, clinical trials were considered a “last resort” in treatment. Today, with so many types of treatment combinations being tested, some patients can participate in Phase II or III clinical trials as part of their initial treatment.
The physicians at the Swedish participate in numerous research projects here and throughout the country. View a listing of many of the trials that may be available to you. Please discuss any that are of interest to you with your doctor. Depending on your situation, your doctor may suggest you participate in a clinical trial.