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Saturday, May 18, 2013
In contrast to other states, Ohio has high rates of disease for things like cancer and diabetes. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has exciting national initiative, Healthy People, to improve the health of people across the nation. Together, health leaders, researchers, and organizations have identified 10-year national health goals. You can find out about health in Ohio compared with other states, and the nation's goals for Healthy People 2010 by visiting Quick Health Data Online.
While Ohio does have significant health concerns there are important resources to address them. Major medical institutions across the state have leaders in many fields of research. Medical research is the path to discovery and by participating in the important research being done in Ohio you can contribute to that discovery.
If you're living in Ohio, you can visit one of our research institutions or the national sites listed below. To find a research study that is a good fit and matters the most to you and your loved ones see the information below.
Whether you're looking for studies on ClinicalTrials.gov or helping researcher find you on ResearchMatch, always keep the following in mind:
1. Your health status - both healthy volunteers and those with medical conditions are needed in the research effort.
2. Your location - finding studies close to home is often a requirement to be able to take part.
3. More information about you - studies are done using groups based on their gender, ethnic group, and age, among other things. What makes you unique is what's needed the most.
Why ResearchMatch? It is a way to help match medical heroes with research studies. How? Think of posting your resume on line. Like a resume helps employers look for people to fill a role in their company; ResearchMatch is your research resume with details about you. This allows researchers to look for volunteers who may be good fit for their study.
The NetWellness feature ResearchMatch and You - Making a Difference One Discovery at a Time gives a step-by-step guide about how ResearchMatch works and what you can do to take part in research. Once you put the details of your profile in ResearchMatch, it is kept secure. These details will only be shared when you agree to take part in a study.
Many people want to take part in research studies. Finding a study that is the right fit for you or your loved one can be a challenge. ClinicalTrials.gov helps speed up the search by having a list of studies offered in the United States.
The search tool on ClinicalTrials.gov allows you to look for research studies that are as unique as you. This lets you to search by your gender, race, ethnicity, age, and condition. In any search that you do on ClinicalTrials.gov, it is important that you include your city and state in your search so that you can find trials that are happening close to home. The NetWellness feature How to Find a Clinical Research Study/Clinical Trial helps guide you to get the best results for your search.
This article is a NetWellness exclusive.
Last Reviewed: May 16, 2011
Susan Wentz, MD, MS
Director, Area Health Education Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University