Research is an important element to Bon Secours’ commitment to improving the human condition and the health and wellness of our patients and communities. Research enables society to acquire important knowledge that can directly improve human health. Testing of cardiac and orthopaedic devices, enrolling patients in oncology clinical trials, and examining medical outcomes are examples of how research provides our patients and physicians with knowledge critical to improving medicine and patient care.
In striving for valuable research opportunities, Bon Secours’ priority remains patient and community safety, high ethical standards and solid integrity in our research. This requires the integration of systemwide and local efforts that include:
- A human subjects protection program to assure that the rights and welfare of patients who participate in research activities are protected.
- Regional research review committees that help ensure that research conducted at Bon Secours aligns with Bon Secours’ mission, vision, values and operating principles.
- A systemwide approach to research intake, approval and administration under the direction of the director of the BSHSI Office of Research.
- A systemwide conflict of interest process that reviews financial considerations that may have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment or objectivity regarding the design, conduct or reporting of research and makes recommendations to assure appropriate management of such situations.
- Training and education for members of research teams, including nurses, research coordinators and billing specialists, to ensure Bon Secours employees are best skilled to conduct research ethically, safely and compliantly.