General and Oral Health Center
Why become a Dental Research Patient?
We often get asked the questions: Why should I become a dental research patient and what does it mean?
When you become a patient at the GO Health Center – you are a patient of record of the School of Dentistry and are provided the same level of care, with the same standards, as all our clinics at the Dental School. You can be referred between clinics at the Dental School or to other physicians or dentists outside UNC should you need care we are not able provide.
All research projects at UNC are required to be reviewed and approved by an independent Institutional Review Board whose primary goal is to protect Human subjects. Additionally, we have all of our protocols reviewed and approved by a second board, the CTRC Oversight Committee which is part of the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC). This provides us, and you, with the assurance that all of our studies are carefully scrutinized by many knowledgeable scientists, clinicians and human subjects advocates to evaluate, minimize and explain in detail any risks associated with study participation. Each study has detailed information available to you about the procedures performed, the number of visits and time requirements associated with that study. These details are not only required reading, they are verbally explained in depth. Once you become a study participant, we can also assist with improving your oral health and any other dental needs you may have.
Some of the specific benefits of being a GO Health Research Patient include:
- Free Dental Screenings including recommendations to achieve and maintain oral health
- Staff with specialized knowledge of oral/systemic health connections and treatments
- Some treatments are provided free of charge as part of specific research studies
- Additional needed treatments may be provided at a reduced rate
- Some studies provide patient payments for participation
- Your participation helps advance our scientific understanding of oral/systemic disease connections which ultimately serves to improve overall health