Saltzer Clinical Research, a specialized department of Saltzer Medical Group, PA, is comprised of an experienced group of physicians and staff who have been conducting clinical research with patient volunteers in the Treasure Valley for over 15 years. Saltzer Clinical Research collaborates with some of the worldâ€™s most innovative biomedical companies seeking volunteers for clinical trials. The results of these studies help advance healthcare and increase treatment options around the world.
Saltzer Medical Group has participated in conducting clinical trials in a wide variety of research areas including pediatric vaccines, cardiac disorders, diabetes, womenâ€™s studies, stroke prevention, ophthalmology, and neurology, among others. The types of studies currently being conducted include immunization trials and type 2 diabetes trials. For more information, please call the Saltzer Research Department at (208) 463-3277.
Which Physicians are conducting research trials?
Saltzer Medical Group Physicians who are currently enrolling patients in clinical trials include Dr. Richard Aguilar and Dr. Stanley Stringam.
Dr. Richard Aguilar: Dr. Aguilar is a pediatrician who received his medical degree from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has conducted over 20 trials specializing in pediatric immunizations.
Dr. Stanley Stringam: Dr. Stringam is an Internal Medicine specialist who received his medical degree from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and has been in practice for over 19 years. He has conducted over 30 trials in a variety of areas including type II diabetes, cardiovascular event reduction, atrial fibrillation, and vascular disorders, among others.
What is clinical research?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether new medical strategies, treatments, or devices are effective. Â These studies also may show which medical approaches work best for certain illnesses or groups of people. Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decision making. Results of Clinical trials are important because they advance medical knowledge and help improve patient care.
Without clinical research sites and study patients, advancements in medical care would cease to exist â€“ they are both fundamental necessities to the medical healthcare industry.
What to expect during a clinical trial?
In some ways, taking part in a clinical trial is different from having regular care from your own doctor. For example, you may have more tests and medical exams than you would otherwise. The purpose of clinical trials is research, so the studies follow strict scientific standards. These standards protect patients and help produce reliable study results. Each clinical trial requires patient participants to provide informed consent. Informed consent is defined as the permission a patient gives the study doctor to participate in the clinical trial after gaining full knowledge of the clinical trial requirements, risks and benefits. This is typically achieved by the study patient (or parent/guardian of a study patient) signing a form confirming their informed consent.
Who can participate in clinical trials?
Each clinical trial defines who is eligible to take part in the study. Each trial must include only people who fit the patient traits for that study (the eligibility criteria). Most trials enroll people who have a specific disease or condition; others enroll healthy people to test new approaches to prevention, diagnosis, or screening. People of all ethnicities and ages can participate in research. Children (aged 18 and younger) get special protection as research subjects. Almost always, parents must give legal consent for their child to take part in a clinical trial.