Being a Part of Something Bigger: Why I Participate in Clinical Research
I was recently asked why I participate in clinical trials, and what participating in them means to me. As a dialysis patient of three years, and more recently a research participant alongside the DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) teammates in Houston, Texas where I live, I can tell you that it is a profound honor to be a part of research.
DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) is a specialty contract research organization, conducting clinical trials on behalf of pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations, as well as conducting research for the Village. DCR has been involved in developing every end stage renal disease drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the last 15 years.
There are a multitude of reasons why I feel so passionately about taking part in clinical trials, but I believe you can only fully understand why I participate by walking in my shoes. With that said, I want to provide you an opportunity to have some insight from my end, and to walk a mile with me.
First and foremost, the DaVita Clinical Research teammates with whom I interact while participating in research truly care about what they do. And not only that, they care about me, too! I am able to spend time with the research doctors and their study coordinators on a consistent basis and they continually check in on me, making sure I am doing well and feeling well. It’s like having an extended family readily available to me when I am in the facility!
In addition to the relationships I have been able to build with the study team, I also feel a great deal of gratification knowing that by participating in clinical trials, I am giving myself and people like me an opportunity to have potential new treatments available — another avenue that may provide options to potentially lower the cost of medications or improve outcomes for patients like us. These treatments have the potential to transform our lives and make our quality of life a whole lot better. We also have the ability to effect change in the way that people with kidney disease will be treated in the future. How can I not be excited to be a part of something so much bigger than me and something that will give back to my community?
All in all I have to say that I have had a very positive experience participating in research in the DaVita Village. There are so many reasons I continue to participate and I wanted to provide you the opportunity to walk a mile in my shoes if only for a short while.
Editor’s Note: Since 2006, more than 11,000 DaVita patients have participated in clinical trials at more than 400 DaVita dialysis facilities. DaVita Clinical Research is now conducting research at DaVita Medical Group sites as well, in a variety of therapeutic areas.