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Who can be an investigator at DH?

 Dignity Health requires that principal investigators for biomedical, data and other research endeavors are either active members of a Dignity Health medical staff or a Dignity Health employee qualified to act in such a role. Medical residents at Dignity Health teaching facilities may act as principal investigators provided they have an appropriate physician mentor who is also an active member of the medical staff at the Dignity Health teaching facility. Health sciences students may act as principal investigators provided they are a current Dignity Health employee and have an appropriate Dignity Health department director and/or Dignity Health physician mentor overseeing their research project. Please contact DHRI for more information about who can be an investigator at Dignity Health.

How Research is Approved at Dignity Health

 

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This process is followed when the research endeavor requires:
• Access to Dignity Health patient data
• Access to and/or interactions with Dignity Health patients
• Access to and/or interactions with Dignity Health employees/medical staff
• Access to Dignity Health services to carry out the research
• Access to and use of Dignity Health campuses/facilities to carry out the research

Institutional Review Board

  An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee charged with protecting the rights and welfare of people participating in research activities. The IRB reviews and approves research applications involving human subjects, provides ongoing oversight to ensure regulatory compliance, and assures that the risks to research subjects are minimized and participation by these subjects is done so on a voluntary, informed basis. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Human Research Protections set the guidelines and regulations governing human subjects research and establish the authority granted to the IRB. The IRB highly encourages all investigators, coordinators, sponsors and research volunteers to contact the IRB for questions, advice or concerns at any time. Any questions, concerns or suggestions will be responded to in a confidential and professional manner.

Research Policy & Procedure

Dignity Health Research Institute Policies and Procedures assure that all research conducted at a Dignity Health facility adheres to all applicable laws, regulations and ethical guidelines.

Research Training & Education:

DHRI has dedicated personnel to ensure that all Physicians and Clinical Research Associates have access to the proper resources and are up to date on the most recent regulations and policies. For any training related questions or concerns please reach out to the Training and Education Analyst at 916-851-2685.

Principal Investigator – Research Checklist For Dignity Health Physicians

Download our checklist here.

Human Research Protection Program

The Dignity Health Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights, safety and welfare of all subjects recruited or enrolled in a research project, regardless of funding source. The program also ensures that all personnel involved in conducting research understand and comply with the ethical standards of research.

Glossary of Terms

For glossary of terms, click here.

Partnerships

Partnerships with Industry
Dignity Health would not be able to offer as many clinical trial opportunities to our patients as we do without our industry partners that work with DHRI, our physicians and research teams to offer drug, device and other multi-site national clinical trials.Please contact DHRI for more information about our industry research partners or becoming an industry research partner with Dignity Health. 
Partnerships with Academic Institutions
While Dignity Health’s primary mission is to focus on our general community health care needs we very much desire to work with academic institutions when such research meets our mission and we have the necessary resources in place for successful research collaborations. Please contact DHRI for more information about our academic research partners or becoming an academic research partner with Dignity Health. . 
Partnerships with Federal Agencies
Dignity Health participates in many federally funded multi-site clinical trials and other research endeavors funded by federal grants awarded to Dignity Health and/or our academic partners that work with Dignity Health investigators and research teams. Please contact DHRI for more information about our federally funded clinical trials, research programs and/ or learning more about how to obtain federal funding for a new clinical research endeavor.

Investigator Initiated (Original Research)

While Dignity Health’s primary mission is to focus on our general community health care needs we very much desire to support original investigator initiated research endeavors when such research meets our mission and we have the necessary resources in place for successful research collaborations with our physicians, employees, medical residents and health sciences students. Please contact DHRI for more information about conducting investigator initiated research.