Patients Make Research Projects Successful!
Although research projects are initiated by researchers across the nation, it is the patients at CARD who make them successful. Without community involvement and support, important research about Libby Amphibole Asbestos (LAA) would not be occurring. It takes all partners to make it happen and researchers are extremely impressed and appreciative of the dedicated involvement of the Libby community.
Recently two research projects hit their recruitment targets! This means that all of the “data” has been collected from participants and now it is time for the researchers to compile, analyze and interpret that data.
Any CARD patient who has agreed to participate in research, by signing a consent form and marking “yes” to future contact for projects, is eligible to participate. Each research project has it’s own unique eligibility criteria.
The Childhood Health Investigation Follow-Up Study (CHIEFS) is being conducted by the University of Cincinnati in collaboration with CARD. The target number for participants was 300 people, currently between the ages of 21 and 30. This project involved a comprehensive health assessments that took nearly 4 hours. After 27 months of recruitment and participation the target was reached with more than ½ of these individuals having to travel home to Libby to participate! Now the researchers will compile all the data and analyze it to determine if LAA exposure in childhood is associated with abnormal lung development, abnormal lungfunctioning, and/or scarring in the lungs.
The Voice of ARD Project is being conducted by Kent State University in collaboration with CARD. The target number for this project was 120 people in just one month’s time! This project involves an extensive survey that looks at the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of people diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. Now the researchers will compile all the data and analyze it to determine which of the pilot tested questions will be used in grant applications for future projects.
Thanks to all who participated in these projects or any other research projects at CARD.