Study Title: The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Research Program
Principal Investigator: Faraz Ahmad MD, MS
Study Objective(s): The Healthcare Worker Exposure Response & Outcomes (HERO) Registry is a large, national clinical research community. It invites healthcare workers across America to share clinical and life experiences to bring attention to the problems they face on the COVID-19 pandemic front lines. HERO Registry participants could have the opportunity to participate in future research studies to improve our understanding of COVID-19 and beyond, generating evidence to help keep healthcare workers safe and healthy. The first study, the HERO-HCQ Trial, will invite 15,000 healthcare workers from the registry to evaluate whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent COVID-19 infections. Northwestern Medicine is an enrolling site for HERO-HCQ Trial and will be conducting site visits at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Central DuPage Hospital.
Eligibility Criteria: The HERO Registry is open to all Northwestern Medicine healthcare workers, including nurses, therapists, physicians, emergency responders, food service workers, environmental service workers, interpreters, transporters — anyone who works in a setting where people receive health care. To join, participants must be:
A U.S. healthcare worker in any profession
≥ 18 years old
Additional screening for trials, including the HERO-HCQ Trial, will occur digitally once enrolled into the registry.
Contact Information Regarding Participation: To enroll in the HERO Registry, please go to https://heroesresearch.org/. If you have additional questions, please contact Lyndsay Christensen, the Northwestern Medicine study coordinator:
Lyndsay Christensen, MSN, RN Clinical Research Nurse Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Clinical Trials Unit Northwestern University 312.694.0661 firstname.lastname@example.org
Voluntary Participation in COVID-19 Research Studies The Office of Research in conjunction with the Feinberg School of Medicine is facilitating several studies on COVID-19 and the effects on healthcare workers. These studies are not being conducted by Northwestern Medicine. Employees may participate on their own time and at their own discretion. If you choose to participate in one of the COVID-19 research studies, employees are reminded of the following guidelines:
Participation by any employee is voluntary
The studies are not sponsored by or part of your employment with NM
Participation must not interfere with your schedule, work duties or safety precaution