Chesapeake Urology Research Associates (CURA), a subsidiary of Chesapeake Urology Associates, offers women interested in taking part in a clinical trial, access to advanced technology and therapies before they are readily available to the general public.
Open Clinical Trials for Women's Urologic Health Conditons
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About Clinical Trials
A clinical trial is a carefully designed research study that investigates the effectiveness of a specific treatment for a particular group of people. Well designed clinical trials are the fastest way to find treatments that work. Participants are closely monitored by knowledgeable, experienced physicians (investigators) and health care professionals (clinical research coordinators).
Clinical trials usually involve three phases. In Phase I, a small number of participants are tested to assess drug safety. Phase II tests the ideal drug dosage and Phase III is a larger study to assess both safety and efficacy.
To provide an added level of safety and oversight, all clinical trials are approved by an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB). Interventional trials determine whether experimental treatments or new ways of using known therapies are safe and effective under controlled environments.
Clinical Trials for Women's Health Conditions
We currently have open trials for overactive bladder, stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary tract infections. Click on the links below for more details about each open clinical trial:
For more information on the open clinical trials contact our office locations:
The Continence Center - Owings Mills
21 Crossroads Drive, Suite 450
Owings Mills, MD 21117
410-581-8140 - Office
806 Landmark Drive, Suite 118
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410-760-9400 - Office
Benefits of Clinical Trials
Participating in a clinical trial has many potential benefits including:
- Access to the latest treatments before they are widely available
- Possible compensation for your time and reimbursement for extra services
- Closer monitoring of your condition by expert medical professionals
- Improved medical knowledge that can benefit others
All clinical trials involve some drawbacks. The new treatment may:
- Not benefit you even if it benefits others
- Prove less beneficial than doctors hope and even less effective than an existing treatment
- Cause unanticipated side effects
- Involve more frequent visits to your physician's office
What to Expect
Be sure to have questions about the study answered by your doctor or health professional so that you can make an informed choice. If you're eligible and wish to enroll, you'll be asked to review and sign a consent form.
While each clinical trial is different, you generally will work with a health care team that includes a doctor and a research coordinator. This team will follow a research protocol where all participants in an assigned group get the same tests and treatment. The team will check your health, carefully monitor you during the study and follow up after the study. It's important to take all prescribed treatments and keep all scheduled visits.
Participants may be assigned to a group that receives a placebo (an inactive treatment) or an existing treatment instead of the investigational treatment, to help determine its effectiveness. In this situation, you will receive the same careful medical attention. To avoid bias, your doctor may not know which treatment you are receiving.
Enrolling in a trial is strictly voluntary and you may withdraw for any reason. For more information or to enroll in a study, please contact the research location nearest you.