Clinical Trials at Banner Research  

Clinical Trials


Without clinical trials, we would not have many of the medications and vaccines that we use every day to protect our health. Without participants, there would be no clinical trials.

Banner Research is dedicated to making sure our research is conducted ethically, safely and efficiently and that patients are protected throughout the clinical-trials process.

Your safety in a research study
We protect patient safety and rights by:

Research Review Process
Before a clinical trial can begin, it must first be approved by the Banner Health Institutional Review Board, which is made up of Banner Health care professionals and others who are responsible for protecting clinical trial participants and making sure that the trials follow federal laws.

After a clinical trial begins, the IRB monitors the trial. The Food and Drug Administration regulates all IRBs every five years. FDA officials also can visit facilities at any time and review anything they choose related to clinical trials.

 Informed Consent Procedures
The informed consent process is designed to make sure patients understand the clinical trial’s plan before agreeing to participate.

For every study in which a patient participates, they receive a document called "Consent to Participate in a Clinical Research Study" that explains the study in straightforward language. A member of the research team discusses the protocol with the patient, explains its details, and answers their questions.

Patient Representatives
We realize that participating in research is unique and may generate questions about the patients' role in the research process. If you are considering participating in a clinical trial and if you have any any unanswered question or a problem you would like to discuss, please feel free to call the research directors.

Points to consider:

  • A research study may or may not help you personally
  • In the future, the results could help others who have a health problem
  • Taking part in a research study is voluntary
  • Research is conducted in several phases, understand what phase is being evaluated and how it affects your treatment
  • Discussions with your family, friends, physician, or patient representative are important in the decision making process

Questions to ask your doctor or the researcher conducting the research study

  • What is the purpose of the research?
  • Who is doing the study?
  • Will I be able to continue with my own doctor?
  • Is there any cost to me?
  • Do the researchers have any incentives or conflict of interests in enrolling me?
  • Do the researchers have any incentives or conflict of interests in enrolling me?
  • Will my health insurance pay for this?
  • How long will the study last?
  • What kinds of tests and exams will I have to take while I’m on the study?  How long will they take?
  • What other treatment choices do I have?  How do they compare with the treatment being  studied?
  • Is it possible I will receive a placebo?  (A placebo is a pill that contains no medicine).  Are there risks?  If  so, what are they and what are the chances they will occur?
  • Can I stop participating if  I change my mind?  What could happen if I stop?
  • What if I am injured?
  • What happens at the end of the study?  Will I  be told the results?
  • Whom do I contact for answers to my questions?
Clinical trials
Banner Research
Phoenix, Arizona
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