The Watson Clinic Center for Research is dedicated to fostering research in all divisions of the Watson Clinic. The Center strives to improve patient care by developing new knowledge gleaned through the research process.
The Watson Clinic Center for Research will provide the administrative structure upon which a Watson Clinic researcher can perform human research. Scientific studies encompassing every type of commonly seen disease will be encouraged. Eventually, all divisions will be involved in human research.
As highly trained medical specialists, Watson Clinic LLP physicians recognize the need to continually advance the pool of medical knowledge related to the prevention and treatment of disease. Through patient-oriented research and retrospective review, the Center for Research seeks to improve treatments and outcomes. Since its inception in 1985, the Center's physicians have meaningfully contributed to the pool of knowledge from which all healthcare professionals draw.
Why invest in medical research?
The quest for knowledge and for treatments of disease are the motivation that drive scientist and alone are valid reasons to conduct research. At the core of the Center for Research - and in fact its top objective - is the improvement of patient care from information obtained by research. Watson Clinic's patients participating in study protocols have the potential to benefit from new, potentially more effective therapies, as well as more intense follow up than standard patient care. The Center for Research projects have resulted in life saving procedures and therapies used worldwide. Dedicating time, expertise and patient participation constitute sound investments in medical research with immense return.
The Center for Research creates an environment that encourages physicians to devote a portion of their practices to research. Patients at Watson Clinic, when appropriate for a study, are encouraged to participate in a research trial. The enthusiasm generated by their promise of a study's findings never overshadows the care and consideration given to the human aspects of research, and the need to employ the finest research practices. All studies are reviewed by the Investigational Review Committee at Watson Clinic, and by the Investigational Review Board at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Between these two committees, a protocol and informed consent face scrutiny from medical and nonmedical perspectives. as stated in one of the Center's objectives, research is conducted in an atmosphere of "careful inquisitiveness."
As an arm of this multi-specialty physician group practice, the Center for Research benefits greatly from Watson Clinic's support and over 220 physicians. Watson Clinic has an enormous patient base from which research participants can be solicited. In-house laboratories, pharmacy, medical information databases and numerous ancillary services greatly assist the research process, as does the Clinic's close affiliation with Lakeland Regional Medical Center, an 800-bed hospital just one block from the Clinic's main campus.
Physicians active in research
Physicians are actively involved in studies conducted by the Center, and demonstrate Watson Clinic's commitment to furthering medical science through physician participation in research. While these studies have been completed, many other protocols are underway, under consideration, or in development.
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