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SFGH Clinical Studies

Research conducted in the Division of General Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center focuses to carry out innovative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions conspire to promote chronic disease and make management more challenging. We are a practice-based research center focused on translating research into community and public health practice and infusing our local practice back into research.

The General Medicine Clinic provides access to clinical and non-clinical data for a diverse patient population. Residents, fellows and faculty interested in performing research projects involving GMC patients must obtain approval from the GMC Medical Director or Associate Medical Director and other appropriate members of the Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH. Please see the GMC Research Guidelines below.

GMC Research Guidelines

The following criteria must be met for any research studies to be conducted at the GMC:

  1. Minimal additional administrative work for GMC staff or providers.
  2. No significant impact on patient flow in the clinic.
  3. No obvious duplication of patient contacts by concurrent research studies.
  4. Letters to patients are not signed by GMC staff or providers. There is no implication of GMC provider involvement, unless appropriate.
  5. Providers are given patient lists for review prior to patient contact.
  6. Study is relevant to our patients, and appropriate patient incentives are included.
  7. Research group will be available to provide a written and/or oral presentation of the outcomes of the study at GMC staff meeting and/or DGIM meeting.
  8. Study must be approved by the UCSF CHR.
  9. SFGH Research Protocol Application must be completed.

Process for initiating research studies at GMC:

  1. Initial contact by research group with Interim Medical Director (Claire Horton, MD, MPH).
  2. GMC research criteria are sent to research group.
  3. If research group believes they do or can meet all criteria, protocol or summary is sent to GMC Interim Medical Director (Claire Horton, MD, MPH) who is also available to answer any questions prior to submission of protocol.
  4. Summary or protocol is reviewed by the GMC Management Team, in consultation with Division Chief (Dean Schillinger, MD) as needed.
  5. If approved, the research group must submit a one-page summary of the study along with any patient fliers or recruitment materials for GMC records.
  6. If the study involves individual patient contact:
    • Research group provides lists of potential patient contacts to primary care providers for review.
    • Primary care providers indicate which patients should not be contacted, for whatever reason, for the study.
  7. Study proceeds.
  8. Research group gives presentation at GMC staff and/or DGIM meetings on outcomes of study.

Contribution to GMC

The GMC requests that all studies involving GMC patients make a voluntary donation to the GMC Fund at the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The suggested donation range is $50-$500, depending on the total study budget. If this would represent a hardship, please let us know and we can discuss your circumstances. These funds are used to support GMC staff development and team-building activities.