What does Dignity have to do with Clinical Research?
Years ago, we had a patient who had enrolled himself in an Opioid-Induced Constipation study. He had multiple amputations and suffered severe ongoing pain and discomfort on a daily basis. He was on a large amount of pain medications prescribed to him to try to alleviate his symptoms and put his body at ease. When he elected to participate in the study it was very difficult and embarrassing for him to use the restroom. He described to our team what he had to endure and how it left him feeling afterward. He had to be carried to the bathroom several times a day, most often without results. This just made the pain worse, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We enrolled this patient in the study and he received an almost immediate benefit from the first dose. He was ecstatic! Through participation in our study, he was able to get on a regular schedule which helped him to feel better and maintained his dignity. He looked forward to my visits and every time I saw him he would thank me profusely.
On one of our last times together he thanked me again and told me, “This study was a lifesaver. Participating in a clinical research trial allowed me options that traditionally were not available to me; it allowed me to regain my dignity and feel like a human again. I owe the Four Seasons team for not giving up and always thinking about what they could do next to help me and my situation. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”
At Four Seasons, your loved one’s comfort and dignity are of utmost importance. Four Seasons is The Care You Trust to provide quality care for your loved one, no matter their diagnosis or situation. Learn more about how Four Seaosns can support you as the caregiver and your loved one.