Medical research studies involving patients can lead to important discoveries that improve care. Throughout history the knowledge gained from medical research has resulted in the development of effective medical interventions, including new drugs to treat cancer and diabetes, vaccines, ultrasounds, and many other innovations.

A clinical trial is a research study that tests how well new medical therapies, devices, or medications work in people. Often, clinical trials are placed in two categories:

  • Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective in controlled environments.
  • Observational trials address health issues in large groups of people or populations in natural settings.

You have the opportunity to voluntarily participate in clinical trials at Intermountain.

If you choose to volunteer for a clinical trial please consider the following:

  • Research is not the same as treatment. Participating in a research study may or may not help you personally.
  • Taking part in a clinical trial is voluntary. Deciding not to participate will in no way be detrimental to your relationship with Intermountain Healthcare or your healthcare provider.
  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all clinical trials at Intermountain to ensure the studies are safe for patients.
  • The knowledge gained from a clinical trial can help others who have a health problem in the future.

If you are interested in volunteering for a clinical trial, please contact Intermountain’s Office of Research.