Clinical Trials at CPMC

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

course of the study in a trial of oral opioid therapy

This figure depicts the course of the study in a trial of oral opioid therapy for chronic neuropathic pain. Rowbotham MC, et al. N Engl J Med 2003;348:1223-32. Copyright © 2003 Massachusetts Medical Society. (Figure 1)



Patients are an invaluable part of research at California Pacific Medical Center. Our research is aimed at improving health, devising more efficient healthcare delivery, and even preventing the onset of common illnesses.

And that’s why we’ve created an extensive clinical trials network with a diverse portfolio of studies potentially suited to your health concerns. Over 350 clinical trials across CPMC and among Sutter Health hospitals in Northern California are conducted in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurodegenerative conditions, cancer, cardiology, chronic pain, epilepsy, gastroenterology, kidney and liver disease, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pulmonary and critical care medicine, stroke, and transplant medicine.

While some of these trials uncover differences in disease progression or determine the efficacy of new medications, others apply technology to improve diagnosis or the impact of disease.

We protect all study participants with a rigorous set of standards to ensure their safety and privacy. Before any study proceeds, it must be approved as safe and ethical by the CPMC Institutional Review Board.

CPMC participates in many multi-site studies run by external organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations and industry sponsors.

You can search for specific studies on the U.S. Government Clinical Trials web site.

To find out if you are eligible for a clinical trial at CPMC, view our list of current studies using the links below. You can also ask your doctor at CPMC about ongoing clinical studies for which you might qualify.

[The above figure was reprinted with permission from Massachusetts Medical Society.]

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