The Four Seasons Research and Development department was created in 2005 as a way to enhance the services Four Seasons provides to patients in our 11-county, western North Carolina service area. We are dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to improve care for patients and families and to developing best practices in care delivery for those with advanced illness.
Research and Development has conducted over 40 studies and grant projects focused on symptom management and quality of life. These studies and projects have seen remarkable results in improved pain and symptom scores from those, and Four Seasons is committed to offering these services to our patients.
The research department was founded as a way to enhance the services Four Seasons provides to the residents living in the communities we serve. Through clinical research we have the ability to provide medications and/or services that might otherwise not be available.
In keeping with our mission of Co-Creating The Care Experience, studies are chosen based upon the potential to improve symptom management and quality of life. We have seen remarkable results in improved pain and symptom scores from our previous trials and are committed to offering these services to our patients.
Who can participate in a clinical research trial?
Participation is not limited to Hospice and Palliative Care clients. Any person who is interested and meets study-specific eligibility criteria may participate. Participation in a research study is completely voluntary. Any study volunteer may decide to refuse to participate or to withdraw from a study at any time.
Why participate in a clinical research trial?
Many different reasons have been cited by previous study volunteers for why they decided to participate. Some of those are as follows:
- Patients feel they are leaving a legacy
- Participating in research studies may help patients gain access to new treatments that are not otherwise available
- Research treatments may improve quality of life by reducing pain or other symptoms
- Study participation contributes to medical knowledge, which aids in improving treatments to future patients and helps to define best clinical practice