Clinical Research Studies

When you participate in a clinical research study at Essentia Health, you take an active role in your health while helping doctors find ways to improve treatments and quality of life for patients like you.

What’s a Clinical Research Study?

Clinical research studies, sometimes called clinical trials, test how well new drugs, therapies, medical devices, or approaches to care work.

A research study is one of the last steps in a long, careful process that started in a lab. All studies at Essentia Health are Phase II or Phase III trials. That means they’ve already passed one round of testing with people.

Are Research Studies Safe?

Rest assured, all research studies at Essentia follow federal guidelines to protect your rights and safety. Before you take part in a study at Essentia, your care team will help you understand the study, as well as the risks and benefits involved with participating. You have the right to leave the study at any time.

Should I Join a Research Study?

With research studies, you gain access to new treatments not yet widely available. That means you may be among the first to benefit. And your participation helps improve care for people who have the same condition that you have.

However, new treatments may not be better than—or even as good as—the current standard of care. Or, they may work for others, but not for you. They also may have side effects.

If you’re thinking about joining a research study, talk with your provider. They can help you decide if a research study is right for you.

Clinical Research Studies at Essentia Health

Essentia collaborates with organizations across the country to bring a wide range of research studies to communities near you in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. We focus on research related to:

  • Cancer, including pediatric cancer
  • Heart and vascular
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Rheumatology

Search our directory of clinical research studies.

Your Clinical Research Study Team

You won’t need to switch doctors to enroll in a research study. Instead, you’ll expand your care team. You may work with the doctor who’s leading the study at Essentia, a clinical research nurse, and other assistants. Trust us to keep in touch with your primary care physician or other specialists so you receive coordinated care.

In some cases, your research study team will see you at the clinic where you regularly receive care. In other cases, you’ll need to travel to a specific location for appointments. If you need to travel to take part in a study for a condition other than cancer, you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover your travel costs. For more information, talk to your doctor, or contact us by email or call 866-839-4128.

Research Studies & Insurance

Insurance coverage for research studies varies by provider, plan, and even the type of study. Check with your insurance company to find out what costs your plan covers.

Interested in Participating in a Clinical Research Study?

Search our research studies directory.