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March 30th, 2011

Mayo Research Participant Safeguards Recognized Nationally


I opened my research newsletter here today and saw this opening line:  Mayo Clinic has received Full Accreditation status from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

We are always encouraging people to participate in research. One of the ways to do that is to take part as a volunteer in a clinical trial, either as a patient or as a healthy individual in a control group. The news mentioned above should make anyone even more assured that their safety and privacy will be protected. It's not that Mayo wasn't doing a good job in the first place, but more entities - both patient advocacy groups and funding organizations - are turning to accreditation by AAHRPP as one of many reliable ways to make sure we're watching out for you when you choose to help our researchers. This was the first time we applied for accreditation (it's a long process and lots of paperwork, plus a site visit - so it's also thorough) and we were granted it in full on the first go round. That says something as well. Our research tells us that people trust Mayo Clinic. Here is one more reason why. Administrator Gary Cseko talks about the accreditation.


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