Research Center

Research services for patients

Franciscan Research Center
1812 South J Street
Suite 10
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-426-6882 (office phone)
253-426-6583 (fax)

Deborah Watkins, RN, MHA
Division Research Manager
253-426-6882 (office phone)
253-426-6583 (fax)

About usResearch Center

Franciscan Research Center

The Franciscan Research Center promotes innovative research efforts and our team is committed to providing quality healthcare for our patients and community. Partnered with physician-led clinical trials and regional collaboration with other healthcare providers, Franciscan Research Center is available to coordinate strategic research activities and provide comprehensive patient support.

Collaboration with CHI Institute for Research and Innovation (CIRI)

CIRI is a partnering organization that connects Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) hospitals, such as CHI Franciscan Health, with system-wide initiatives dedicated to research and innovation. CIRI staff members come from diverse backgrounds that span community healthcare, industry, and academia.

Resources for patients

Why do people participate in research or clinical trials?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
"People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff. Clinical trials offer hope for many people and an opportunity to help researchers find better treatments for others in the future."

What is research?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Clinical research is medical research that involves people like you. People volunteer to participate in carefully conducted investigations that ultimately uncover better ways to treat, prevent, diagnose, and understand human disease. Clinical research includes trials that test new treatments and therapies as well as long–term natural history studies, which provide valuable information about how disease and health progress. ”

What is a clinical trial?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
“Clinical trials are part of clinical research and at the heart of all medical advances. Clinical trials look at new ways to pre vent, detect, or treat disease. Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.”

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For more information regarding CHI Franciscan Health Research

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