Why Does Research Matter?
All approved medications for any condition must be tested through research studies before they can be given to patients. The results of research studies advance medical knowledge and improve patient care. They also confirm the safety and effectiveness of medications that help people live longer and healthier lives. Clinical research requires communities affected by the illness and medical providers to work as partners so they can find answers about the illness and treatment together. Being involved in clinical research helps you play an active role in your health care and possibly receive a new treatment before it is widely available. Not only are you helping yourself, you are also helping future patients and greater scientific research.
What kind of research happens at Whitman-Walker Health?
WWH has been involved in many research studies for HIV treatment and prevention since the 1980’s. WWH also participates in research involving Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Examples of past research participants include patients who are recently diagnosed with HIV and looking for treatment, patients who have been on HIV treatment but wanted to switch their medications, or patients who want to prevent getting HIV.
Community Advisory Board
Have you ever wanted to learn more about clinical research? At Whitman-Walker Health, a group of dedicated Washington DC area community members gather every other month to discuss and learn about clinical research. This group is called the Community Advisory Board (CAB) CAB members attend meetings and presentations, interact with Whitman-Walker staff, facilitate discussions about HIV and Hepatitis research, and provide feedback as representatives of their communities. The Whitman-Walker Health CAB aims to provide opportunities for community members and research participants to:
- Understand the clinical research process;
- Voice concerns regarding specific clinical studies, their development, implementation and outcomes;
- Engage with other members of affected communities in Washington DC;
- Give clinical trial participants necessary advocacy;
- Create valuable partnerships that will lead to improved knowledge of Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and associated factors of living with chronic diseases.
If you are interested in learning more about the CAB, please call or text 202-810-3994. We look forward to hearing from you!
How can you get involved?
If you are interested in participating in a study, please click on the Currently Enrolling. You can also call 202-810-3994 to speak to someone in the Research Department. Each study has specific guidelines for who can join, so find out today if you are eligible.