Baptist Health clinicians are engaged in approximately 300 clinical studies throughout our network of hospitals, working to advance treatments in areas such as oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, neuroscience, epidemiology, diabetes, and more.
Baptist Health is working to improve the lives of our patients with heart and vascular disease. Cardiology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart. This area includes diagnosis and treatment of conditions as diverse as congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, diseases affecting heart valves and electrophysiology (the electrical component of how a heart functions). Cardiology research is centered on new and ever-advancing ways to detect, diagnose, and treat disorders of the heart and may include pharmaceutical research into new drugs, testing new devices meant to help a heart function, or new surgical treatments to repair a damaged heart.
Electrophysiology refers to the study of electric activity in the body, and more specifically, to the electrical conduction system of the heart. Electrophysiology techniques allow providers to listen in on electrical signals by measuring electrical activity. Baptist Health’s highly trained staff is dedicated to providing the latest innovations and newest therapies in electrophysiology in a community-based setting. Through electrophysiology research, we seek to improve the lives of our patients with heart and vascular disease.
Neurology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system and includes diagnosis and treatment of all categories of conditions and diseases involving the central and peripheral nervous system. Neuroscience research investigates new methods and treatment for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions, including stroke and degenerative diseases like ALS and Parkinson’s disease. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to providing the latest innovations and newest therapies in a community-based setting. We are constantly working to improve the lives of our stroke and neurological patients.
Baptist Health is committed to providing patients with the highest level of care. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to providing the latest innovations and newest therapies in a community-based setting.
Baptist Health conducts and supports a variety of clinical research related to obstetrics. Medical conditions can affect women’s health, especially during pregnancy and childbirth. Some of our trials address specific health conditions, while in other trials participants may take a new drug.
Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Baptist Health is a leading provider of cancer care and is involved in numerous research projects to help further the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of many different forms of cancer. Through the Baptist Health Cancer Research Network (BHCRN) facilities in the Baptist Health network have access to a wide variety of federally sponsored oncology clinical trials designed to test new ideas in the detection and treatment of cancer.
Types of Clinical Trials Offered
The Baptist Health Cancer Research Network offers a variety of Phase II, Phase III and quality-of-life trials – for a variety of cancers, including breast, lung and lymphoma.
Phase II trials look at effectiveness, safety and potential side effects.
Phase III trials continue to look at safety and potential side effects, but the real question researchers are trying to answer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in this phase is whether the treatment being studied is better than the standard treatment.
Orthopedics is the branch of medicine concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic research investigates new ways to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal injury, spine disease, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infection, congenital defects, and even certain types of tumors that appear on bones.
At Baptist Health, orthopedic research tends to focus on testing a variety of devices and implants for improved options to correct skeletal degeneration and injury, such as artificial replacement hips, shoulders, and knees.
Many people across the country have heart and lung disorders that require respiratory care, a clinical health specialty. At Baptist Health, respiratory therapists, or practitioners, provide care to patients that can include evaluating and monitoring heart and lung function, as well as giving treatment.
Pulmonary Research deals with exploring new treatment options for diseases affecting the respiratory tract and lungs. These studies seek to find new and better treatments for conditions like pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, and congenital diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
Other Areas of Research
Baptist Health conducts and supports a variety of clinical research. Our clinicians are currently engaged in more than 200 clinical studies, including the areas of oncology, cardiology, neuroscience, obstetrics, and pulmonary. Other areas can include: diabetes, electrophysiology, cosmetic research and speech therapy.
The main component of effective clinical research is patient participation. Participation has two significant benefits to the future care of patients. Individual patients often benefit because of research there are more treatment options available to them. Clinical research expands our knowledge of diseases and treatments so that the research procedures of today can become the standard treatments of tomorrow. Participating in research is truly a case of potentially helping others.