Our Patients Are Our Priority


We could not conduct clinical research at Dignity Health without our greatest asset – our patients. It is our highest priority at Dignity Health Research Institute to provide as many opportunities for clinical trial participation as possible across our enterprise. With over 1000+ active clinical trials and research protocols our patients have significant opportunities to participate in research within their own communities. Our dedicated research investigators and staff primary mission is protecting our research participants, their safety and their data through our responsible conduct for research programs and compliance with policies, procedures, and all regulations through every step of the clinical research process.

Please see the links and resources below for Dignity Health patients considering participating in clinical research. For further questions, please contact us at 916-851-2283 or by emailing us at [email protected].

What Is Research?

Research is considered to be a systematic investigation involving human subjects including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop, or contribute to, generalizable knowledge. When people become involved in research, many ethical safeguards come into play to ensure you and your loved ones are protected. DHRI has a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) that ensures these safeguards are properly enforced. To learn more about this program, please contact us at 916-851-2283 or by emailing us at [email protected].

What should I ask my doctor?

It is important to understand if you need to start looking for other treatment options. Click below for a downloadable guide that outlines some questions to discuss with your health care provider.

What are my rights?

At every point of the research process you have rights! We want to make sure that every patient is aware of these rights and fully understands they can withdraw from any study at any time for any reason. To find out more click below for the Patient Bill of Rights.

What is Informed Consent?

Informed Consent is required for every trial you participate in. This form ensures that you were given all relative information regarding your treatment plan and options. Click below for more information on Informed Consent.

What do these research terms mean?

Research can be confusing, but don’t let a few complex terms stand in between you and your future! Click the below to see a glossary of terms provided by clinicaltrials.gov and always ask your health care provider for clarification when you do not understand something.