In addition to quality improvement projects, research within the ELHS will work towards improving the health and care of people with epilepsy. 

Clinical Trials

  • The core element for all medical knowledge is derived from clinical trials. These are studies of possible new treatments or medications and are a type of clinical research.
  • Clinical trials are designed to find answers to specific health questions. They often look at new medications or drugs, new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments
  • Clinical research also can look at other aspects of care, such as preventing disease, screening for and diagnosing health problems, and improving quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

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Comparative Effectiveness Research: What works best?

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) is research that identifies what clinical and public health approaches work best for improving health. Study methods used in CER include randomized trials, database studies, observational studies, model-based studies, and decision analysis. Interventions that can be studied with CER include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment protocols
  • Innovations in health care delivery
  • Organization and financing
  • Public health interventions in the community
    • health awareness
    • lifestyle
    • diet
    • environmental exposures.
  • Interventions compared on the basis of some health-related outcome measure

Laboratory Research

Laboratory research is used to find out if a drug, procedure, or treatment is likely to be useful in people. It may also be a part of a clinical trial used to measure the effect of a drug, procedure, or treatment on the body.

Bringing research from the laboratory to the clinic has become a marker of success.

Authored By: 
Elaine Kiriakopoulos MD, MSc
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Tuesday, September 18, 2018