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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Sponsors A Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials and other human subjects research endeavors can be sponsored by a government agency, industry, an individual physician or investigator, a healthcare organization, a university, Dignity Health and a number of other organizations that wish to conduct human subjects research.

What Are The Major Types Of Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are used to study many aspects of medical care, including

  • Treatment trials: These focus on testing new drugs or surgical procedures;
  • Prevention trials: These test a variety of ways people can prevent disease;
  • Diagnostic trials: Look for better procedures to diagnose a disease or condition;
  • Screening trials: Test the best way to detect a health condition or a disease; and
  • Quality of life trials: Investigate ways to improve the quality of life for people living with a chronic illness.

The Research Process- Where Do I Start?

If you are interested in conducting research, please contact the Dignity health Research Institute. For research involving the Dignity Health Corporate Departments or our California/Nevada markets, please contact us by phone at (916) 851-2283 or by email at [email protected]. For research involving our Arizona markets please contact us by phone at  (480) 728-3582.


How Do I Know If My Project Is Considered Research?

Click here to learn more about what is, and what is not considered research. 

DHRI Contact Info

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