RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A partnership that began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing clinical trials to North Carolina communities that would not normally have access to them. Skilled nursing facilities in the area are working with a research company to study treatments and prevention methods for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Mobile research units will soon be deployed to skilled nursing facilities in central North Carolina. They will be used for clinical trials, such as preventive studies on Alzheimer’s disease.
“They can essentially function as a comprehensive research site,” said Dr. Tyler Miller, medical and scientific adviser to research firm Care Access.
He also said that clinical trials can provide cutting-edge experimental treatments, but are normally only reserved for people who can access a research site.
“Clinical trials should not be reserved for young people close to university hospitals; they should be for anyone who wants to participate, and our goal is to open up more access,” said Lynn Hood, CEO and President of Principle Long Term Care, which has several skilled nursing facilities across the country. State.
Earlier in the pandemic, some of the principle qualified nursing facilities participated in a monoclonal antibody trial.
“COVID hit and residents of nursing homes were the people most at risk of getting the disease,” Miller said.
He believes these clinical trials have saved lives and prompted those involved to ask if more could be done.
“Can we take this model that we have created because of the pandemic and apply it to other diseases, to things that impact people’s lives on a daily basis like Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes?
This is the goal of this partnership between Principle LTC and Care Access. A new research center is opening in Raleigh and mobile research units will visit long-term care facilities in rural or underserved areas.
While the mobile units will visit skilled nursing facilities, the studies are not just for patients. Their families, staff members and community members can also participate. All participation is completely voluntary and individuals must qualify and provide consent.
“Nursing facilities are often thought of as a place where someone goes at the end of an illness,” Hood said. “We’re trying to say, ‘No, we’re a health care resource. We are available for more than providing nursing home care.” We are a resource for the community to bring them services that they might not otherwise have access to.
The Care Access Facility Grand Opening Reception will be Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 3921 Sunset Ridge Road, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC, 27607.
Mobile research units will be at the following locations in October:
-Oct. 17 2022: First Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Onslow County)
225 White Street / Jacksonville, North Carolina:
-Oct. February 18, 2022: Willow Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
2401 Wayne Memorial Drive / Goldsboro, North Carolina
-Oct. 19, 2022: Wilson Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
403 Crestview/Wilson Avenue, North Carolina
-Oct. 20, 2022: Springbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Johnston County)
195 Springbrook Avenue / Clayton, North Carolina
-Oct. February 21, 2022: Franklin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Franklin County)
1704 NC 39 Hwy N / Louisbourg, North Carolina
If you want to know more about the research on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, which is the current study, click here e-mail [email protected]