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Participating in Research at Advocate Health Care

It’s documented that clinical research increases the knowledge of medicine. Hospitals that engage in clinical research have better patient care, outcomes, patient safety, and lower death rates than hospitals that do not participate in clinical research.

Why participate in a clinical trial?
There are many reasons why patients choose to participate in a clinical trial. Here’s what you should know as a patient participating in a clinical trial:

  • You are playing an important role in advancing medicine and improving care.
  • You may have access to new medications or treatments not yet available.
  • All patients are closely monitored throughout the study to determine both the safety and effectiveness of new therapies.

How am I protected?
The Advocate Institute Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body composed of scientists and non-scientists, established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Advocate Health Care and its affiliations.

Legislation was passed in 1979 requiring that all investigators doing a "medical experiment" must offer their subjects a copy of the "Experimental Subject's Bill of Rights." An Advocate version of the Bill of Rights has been developed which includes all the elements required by this legislation, written in language that is meant to be understood by a wide range of people.

Click here to learn more about the IRB and Bill of Rights.

Current Clinical Trials
Advocate health care researchers are currently conducting medical research on everything from Alzheimer’s disease and women's health to brain tumors and vascular diseases.

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Contact Us
For additional information or questions concerning participating in research at Advocate Health Care, call 630.929.6129 or contact us at

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