Research Services at Kootenai Health is dedicated to pioneering clinical research to improve health in our community and beyond, one patient at a time. Our highly trained and dedicated research staff partner with our physicians, advanced practice professionals, and clinical staff to provide early access to promising advances in medical care and therapeutics.
What is Clinical Research?
Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Through clinical trials, doctors find new ways to improve treatments and the quality of life for people with certain diseases.
Kootenai Clinic offers a variety of clinical trials focusing on improving survival and enhancing quality of life.
What types of Clinical Research are done at Kootenai Health?
Kootenai Health Research Services currently supports clinical trials and investigator-led research in:
- Imaging Services
- Infectious Disease
- Primary Care/Behavioral Health Integration
- Pulmonary/Critical Care
Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services is a member of the Montana Cancer Consortium with access to over 100 treatment, cancer control and prevention trials. To see a list of trials available at Kootenai Clinic Cancer services, visit www.mtcancer.org.
Cancer Clinical Trials are designed to answer questions about new ways to:
- Treat cancer
- Find and diagnose cancer
- Prevent cancer
- Manage symptoms of cancer or its treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to participate in a clinical trial?
Being part of a clinical trial may have risks, but it may also have benefits. Clinical trials are carefully designed, reviewed and completed, and are evaluated by an institutional review (IRB) board before they begin. The role of an IRB is to make sure that the study is ethical and that the rights and welfare of participants are protected.
Who can participate in a clinical trial?
Clinical studies have standards outlining who can participate. These standards are called eligibility criteria and are based on characteristics such as age, gender, the type and stage of a disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. If you are eligible for a clinical trial you will be given information that will help you decide whether or not to participate.
How can I learn more about clinical trials?
We encourage you to speak with your physician to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for a clinical trial. In addition, you can reach the research department at [email protected] or call 208-625-5273.
What You Need to Know about Clinical Trials – American Cancer Society
Types and Phases of Clinical Trials – American Cancer Society
Cancer Patients: Clinical Trials – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Clinical Trials Information for Patients and Caregivers – National Cancer Institute