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Marshfield Clinic takes part in national research program

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW)– Marshfield Clinic, in partnership with UW-Madison and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is one of a few institutions nationwide to participate in the All of Us Research Program. The program wants 1 million or more participants to help speed up health research and medical breakthroughs.

“We really want to make sure that we’re treating patients better the first time and giving them the quality health care that they deserve,” said Lisa Kunst, the Senior Project Manager for All of Us in Wisconsin.

Making health care more efficient may also help reduce time spent at the doctor’s office and the cost of care Kunst said.

While some studies focus on the bigger picture of health, All of Us wants health care to take a more individualized approach. Participants are asked questions about lifestyle, environment, and their basic biology.

Kunst said diversity in participants is key and stressed the importance of having participants who live in rural areas.

“A lot of times rural communities aren’t included in bio-medical research. So when people like us are included in that research, the cures are going to be tailored to people like us too,” she said. “It’s really going to help health care in Wisconsin in general.”

The clinic has been taking participants in Marshfield since February, and will soon be expanding to Wausau. The clinic also hopes to open up a research location in the Chippewa Falls area in 2019.

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