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Ways to Define Quality: Research & Clinical Trials

As mentors, experienced physicians and scientists must keep up to date with the latest medical knowledge to be able to train staff. In addition, the health care staff is usually organized around a given disease or type of patient. This team approach to patient care facilitates the sharing of knowledge, research and clinical findings, resulting in the most rapid transfer of basic scientific knowledge from the laboratory to the bedside. In this way, patients benefit from the latest diagnostic and treatment options that often result in improved outcomes.

Research at Sentara

As a Sentara patient, you may be eligible to take part in a clinical trial - a study that evaluates a new drug or treatment. Clinical trials help researchers learn which approaches are most successful in fighting various diseases. A number of standard treatments used today were first shown to be effective in clinical trials. As patients continue to participate in these valuable studies, new and better treatments are discovered.

At Sentara, conducting clinical trials and staying at the forefront of leading-edge research is critical to developing and maintaining a reputation as a leader in medicine and health care. This is the cornerstone philosophy at Sentara. To that end, we regularly partner with Eastern Virginia Medical School and other colleagues to conduct clinical trials throughout the year and present findings to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and national and international conferences. 

As the gold standard for quality health care in the region, Sentara Healthcare represents the forward path to good health in the new millennium – a pathway we will continue to help our patients and other customers find through research, new programs, quality care and health education. 

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