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Clinical Trials

Research Studies & Clinical Trials

The WakeMed Clinical Research Institute (CRI) conducts clinical trials of promising new treatments and advances in many medical conditions, including many rehab and physical therapy related conditions.

By participating in clinical research, you can help scientists and medical experts test the safety and effectiveness of new medical treatments, devices or therapies. While the treatment that you receive may offer you the best outcome, it is important to evaluate all your options before you decide that clinical trial is right for you.  

Talk to your doctor or health care provider if you are interested in participating in a research study or clinical trial.

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

  • Access to new treatments that are not available to the public 
  • Expert medical care at a leading health care facility 
  • Playing an active role in your own health 
  • Helping others by contributing to medical research 

What are the risks and drawbacks?

  • Unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects 
  • Ineffective treatment 
  • Time commitment. You may need to travel a long way to the study site or stay in the hospital 

How can I enroll in a clinical trial?

For more information about clinical trials and to help you make an informed decision, we encourage you to explore these national resources at your convenience. 

U.S. National Library of Medicine  

A database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.  


Center Watch  

Provides a summary of current events and news in the clinical trials industry, as well as reports on trends and expert insights.  


Patient Advocate Foundation  

Provides case management services and financial aid to Americans with chronic, life threatening and debilitating illness.  


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – About Research Participation  

Resources for the public to learn about participating in research and making informed decisions.  

Participating in Human Research and Clinical Trials | HHS.gov