Humpday Health: Getting involved with clinical research


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Healthcare professionals determine the safety and effectiveness of new treatments through clinical research studies.

Dr. Kevin Cannon of PMG Research in Wilmington says his office has a few studies to choose from.

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“We do a number of different studies with a number of different disease processes, including COPD, diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis,” Dr. Cannon said. “It’s not something that takes the place of your medical care, it’s something in addition to your medical care.”

Patients are compensated a small sum of money for their time and travel.

Site operations director Brittany Hayes says it’s easy to get involved with clinical research.

“There are people coming directly to us,” Hayes said. “There are patients involved in the healthcare institutions that we work with, where those doctors are talking to them at their visits and saying, ‘We have a diabetes study that I think you may qualify for, would you be interested in that?'”

Senior clinical research coordinator Meghan Purdy says she enjoys being a part of her patients’ journey towards better health.

“It’s nice to be able to see their improvements and be able to work with them and be able to work with them in any way that I can,” Purdy said. “Furthering their healthcare and making sure they’re doing what they need to do.”