About Clinical Research
Study Participant Information
The doctors at New Jersey Cardiology Associates have been active in research, both in the office and hospital, for over 15 years. Through participation in research studies, we are able to provide our patients with leading edge treatments, which may not be available in other hospitals or offices. Based on our excellent reputation, NJCA is often selected to participate in investigations that advance knowledge and improve preventative and treatment options for patients with heart disease. By studying new medications and treatment options for cardiovascular disease, our physicians believe they will be able to offer a higher level of care to their patients.
Benefits and risks of participating in a research study
Many of the studies we participate in are supported by private industry or other grants. This allows participants to receive research related medication, diagnostic testing, and physician assessments at no cost. Other benefits include ongoing education as well as frequent contact with the research team. However, there is no guarantee that every patient will achieve clinical benefit from participating in a research study. Research protocols may involve risk, either similar to, or more than, conventional treatments. All research conducted at NJCA is approved and overseen by an ethics committee known as an institutional review board (IRB). The IRB ensures that the rights of the participants are enforced and that the potential risks and benefits are clearly explained to the patient prior to enrolling in research.
The decision to participate in a research study
Participation in research is absolutely voluntary. If you choose not to become involved in a research study, your care will not be affected in any way. If you have any questions about enrolling in research, please discuss this with your cardiologist or a member of our research team.
Ongoing Research Studies
Please contact our research coordinator, Donna Laterza for information regarding enrollment in one of our research studies.