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Through continued efforts of expansion and sustainable design, we hope to significantly impact the majority of people in the U.S. by helping address their primary health care needs, adding value to their emergency department visit and conducting much needed research. At the same time we provide health care professional students with significant and meaningful patient interactions.



All emergency departments near colleges will serve as a link in a national network for clinical research, a vehicle for primary health care screening and prevention, and a locus to foster the development of future health professionals. NARAP looks to change how we facilitate primary health for large segments of the U.S. population, how we conduct clinical research efficiently, rapidly and at low cost, and how we develop and select future doctors and health professionals.


Centered in emergency depts across the US, NARAP is a non-profit clinical research org. facilitating large scale, national, multi-center studies to increase the quality of healthcare delivery nationally, especially in the areas of screening and prevention. Our work engages vast numbers of pre-health professional students as data collectors in the studies, providing enhanced clinical opportunities unique to the research setting while teaching the fundamentals of interacting with patients.


NARAP has primarily focused on Primary and Preventative Care and is now open to any study that can utilize our unique research model. 


We invite the medical community to submit proposals asking us to facilitate nationwide clinical research on their behalf.

Sponsored Research

Our sponsored services are specialized research projects similar to our current healthcare research. Our services are emergency department based, and designed to help you with marketing, strategic planning, proof of concept reports and more. 


The values of NARAP are those of emergency medicine: Providing service to all who seek care, evidence-based practice, seeking to improve upon what we know and how we implement that knowledge and bringing all this to the future members of the health profession at the earliest stages of their careers.



Emergency Departments across the country are joining our program. Click here to find one near you and to find out how to get your local hospital to participate.


Our standardized programs run out of our research sites, which are centered in emergency departments across the country. Through our many sites, we engage large numbers of volunteer pre-health professional students, providing enhanced clinical opportunities unique to the clinical research setting.

We offer opportunities never before available to colleges and pre-health professionals. Through our program, college students gain experience with hands-on patient interaction and clinical research.


Since 1994, nearly a thousand Research Associates (RAs) from 76 colleges and universities around the country have served at least one 4-hour shift per week over an academic semester, enrolling tens of thousands of participants in clinical studies without a single patient complaint.  


Starting with the initial program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the South Bronx, followed by enhanced programs at Bridgeport Hospital and now at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, RAs have been essential to studies on diverse issues in emergency medicine. They've enrolled more than 23,700 participants in primary healthcare screening studies.


In 2010, this led to the development of the National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP), a growing consortium of 12 hospitals linked together to develop RA Programs using this model and to study the emergency department as a site to facilitate primary healthcare screening.  


In 2012, NARAP's  first multi-center, national study was completed on tobacco cessation.  RAs at 10 institutions enrolled over 19,000 participants, making it the fourth largest prospective, interventional clinical trial ever done in the U.S.

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The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs


A Unique Approach to Clinical Research 
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