Types of Research
We at Carle support research in many different areas.
Learn more about how to conduct research at Carle.
Investigator Initiated Research
Physicians use patterns and trends of their patient population to conduct research.
Carle clinicians may initiate their own projects. With the shift of providing exceptional patient care to include research, Carle has been able to attract physicians with strong research backgrounds. The Research Institute provides support for these research projects to allow more physicians to become involved in research at Carle. With research evolving within the Carle community, more and more physicians are interested in conducting research to pave the way for quality patient care.
Carle, in collaboration with investigators at many universities, is transing the latest health and scientific discoveries into practical applications and therapies for our patients. Thus the term often used is “bench to bedside”.
The Research Institute coordinates these studies and below are examples of areas of collaborations:
- Fresh tissue samples for research studies in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, cancer, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, diabetes, and intestinal health.
- Imaging in the operating room of surgically re-sected tumors to identify future diagnostic markers.
- MRI studies, in collaboration with the University of Illinois, to study swallowing and speech patterns.
We provide training necessary for researchers working in our facilities and with our patients. This training is to assure that the researchers are aware of HIPAA confidentiality requirements, policies and procedures for the area(s) in which they will work, and that they understand safety and infection control.
Nursing studies pave the way for better patient care.
Expanding knowledge and evidence is crucial to guiding overall nursing practice. Carle, a Magnet facility, places great emphasis on improving patient outcomes through evidence based practice. When research-based knowledge (information derived from well-designed research studies) and clinical-based knowledge (protocols and standards) come together the result is evidence based practice. The Research Institute is pleased to help with research in the nursing arena. Research by nurses is at the forefront at Carle and is fostered to ensure that nursing practice is knowledge driven and evidence based. This research examines the knowledge and areas of practice that are of special concern for nurses. Nurses at all levels of nursing practice (whether it is the bedside nurse, clinical nurse leader, nurse educator or nurse manager) are encouraged to promote evidence based practice through nursing research. Many registered nurses are not familiar with this aspect of nursing. Resources are available to help the nurses who are interested in conducting research, such as individual mentoring, Journal Club and the classroom setting with our hands-on Evidence Based Practice Scholar Program. Promoting evidence based practice and nursing research assuring best patient care supports Carle’s Mission. Learn more about a career in nursing at Carle »
Carle Hospital is a teaching hospital dedicated to training physicians in 5 different residency programs. These programs are accredited and include family medicine, osteopathic medicine, geriatric fellowship, oral-maxillofacial surgery, and surgery. The Research Institute has many research and scholarly activity opportunities available for residents, fellows and faculty at Carle Hospital. Many of the opportunities are program specific while others are available in all residency programs. A number of our residents and fellows collaborate with faculty, Carle physicians and students at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. They are able to contribute to existing research studies or develop a new study with their faculty and advisors. Currently, our residents and fellows are involved in chart reviews, interventional studies, survey studies and qualitative/quantitative studies. They are active in developing posters, publications and presentations for various meetings, conferences and events.
Clinical Trials (Non-Cancer)
As a medium size healthcare facility, Carle in Urbana, Illinois is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research.
Through the Clinical Trials office, our researchers discover new therapies, treatments and cures for diseases and conditions that will ultimately improve patients' lives. With the knowledge gained from clinical trials, advances have been made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, resulting in improvements in quality and quantity of human life.
Before participating in any clinical research study, we encourage you to learn about the role of the research study subject. Links to other Web sites provided on this page can help guide you in this endeavor.
While research is vital to improving the health of future generations, not everyone is well suited for participation in research. Ultimately, as long as you are qualified for the study and the researcher agrees you are suited for participation in the study, the decision is yours. The information provided here is intended to assist you in making this decision. Learn more about current research studies and clinical trials that are open to enrollment at Carle.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has additional resources that may assist you in making your decision. Some of these resources can be access here (files in pdf form):
"FAQs About Clinical Studies"
"Partners in Research"