Patient-oriented research is one of three critical components of DDC Clinic’s medical services today. What does that mean – what kind of research do we do, what is the impact of our research on our patients and how does our research benefit others beyond the local community?
Although 70% of the clinic’s patients are Amish, it is important to recognize that 30% are non-Amish. In keeping with its mission, DDC Clinic serves all children and families affected by rare genetic disorders. Regardless of their ethnic background, the children seen at out clinic have multiple, chronic and sometimes life-threatening diseases. Click here for a list of the disorders studied at DDC Clinic.
Patient-oriented research allows us to focus on early diagnosis and ground-breaking treatment, bringing relief to the children and hope to their families. This is often referred to as “translational” research because what we learn is with our research is translated immediately to patient care to help affected children. We are considered a foremost resource to other doctors who have similarly-affected patients.
We have improved our patient diagnosis rate from 22% in 2002 to 70% today. We have developed hundreds of tests for rare genetic diseases; for some disorders, our center is the only place worldwide to perform those DNA assays. Click here for more information on genetic testing.
We have enhanced the understanding of common medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and autism that affect millions of people in the world.