Research

OUR APPROACH

In keeping with the goals of American Health Network, our Research Department seeks to improve the health of our patients through participation in clinical trials, to expand the scientific body of knowledge, and offer patients the best medical care possible. At American Health Network Research Department our mission is to provide exceptional Clinical Research today in order to help improve lives of people tomorrow. We strive to conduct our trials with objectivity, and integrity, observing the spirit of the law, regulations, and ethical standards with regard to the rights and welfare of participants involved in our clinical trials. 

WHO ARE WE?

American Health Network’s Research Department supports our many primary and specialty care providers to stay on the leading edge of medical science. We conduct research at numerous locations throughout the state of Indiana.

American Health Network’s Research Department participates in research studies funded through a variety of sources including, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, federal health agencies, research grants, and private foundations. We provide access to research studies for thousands of individuals who are interested in volunteering for and participating in clinical trials.

American Health Network’s Research Department is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of study-related care. We adhere to protocols which meet the strict design criteria demanded from Institutional Review Boards and our sponsors. We strive to provide our patients with the opportunity to participate in research which is designed to uncover answers to health problems facing each of us----today and in the future.

Should you participate in a clinical trial?

You may have heard about clinical trials — studies of possible new treatments or medications — but wonder what exactly they are and if one might be right for you.

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials, also called clinical research, are studies designed to find answers to specific health questions. Clinical trials often look at new drugs or new combinations of drugs (new or old), new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. Qualified patients may receive study related medication, medical care, and lab work at no cost to them.

The potential benefits of participating in a clinical trial include the following:

  • Access to promising new approaches often not available outside the clinical trial setting
  • Treatment that may be more effective than the standard approach
  • Close monitoring by a research team of doctors and other health professionals
  • Opportunity to be the first to benefit from the new method under study
  • Adding to what is known about your condition, possibly leading to improved options in the future

The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new treatment both works and is safe. In fact, new medications cannot be sold in the United States until they have been through clinical trials.

Why do people volunteer for clinical trials?

Many people volunteer for clinical trials because it's an opportunity to help researchers find new ways to fight disease. However, there is no guarantee that the treatment will be effective for you.

If you're considering a clinical trial because you have been diagnosed with a disease, it's important to take time to learn about your condition and your treatment options. Talk with your doctor and other health care providers, and discuss your options with those close to you.

Are you interested in participating in or learning more about a clinical trial? Call 317.718.5482 or Toll Free @ 877.340.7291 to learn more or click here to contact AHN about your interest in clinical trials.

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