At Cottage Health, our focus is on high quality patient care. That’s why we have our sights on the future of medicine through an emphasis on clinical research. Physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, therapy services providers, laboratory scientists and other health care professionals work together to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge and patient care through funded and non-funded research studies.
In addition to working alongside nationally-recognized research institutions in sponsored, multi-center clinical trials, researchers at Cottage have designed and implemented innovative research projects which have been presented at conferences locally and nationally and published in top-tier research journals.
CHRI oversees more than twenty-five pharmaceutically-driven clinical trials annually.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments.
The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.” ClinicalTrials.gov is a searchable database of active clinical studies of human subjects. Additional information about clinical trials at Cottage Hospital is available for research participants and the general public on our Patient Health Library Website.
Areas of Research
CHRI staff support researchers in the following areas:
Statistical and Data Analysis Resources
The research development team is available to help researchers:
- Develop and refine study design
- Establish research objectives and methodology
- Identify population and calculate sample size
- Design data collection tools
- Analyze data
- Prepare tables, charts, and graphs
- Write up and interpret results
- Address statistical questions
All requests for data analysis must be received by CHRI a minimum of 4 weeks prior to deadline submission or due date.
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a browser-based data collection software for entering, housing, and transferring data securely. Through this software, all researchers of the same project can collectively access data under controlled settings. REDCap is specifically designed to comply with HIPAA guidelines.