Benefits of research

We are dedicated to providing high quality research to people that use our services. We believe that research should be offered alongside care and support so that we can truly offer a comprehensive service.

If you access our services, you may be offered the opportunity to take part in research. For those who don't know much about research you may have questions:

  • Why have I been asked?
  • What does taking part involve?
  • How will I benefit?

Our specialist R&D team are always happy to answer questions, however, an overview of the benefits are listed below. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Benefits of taking part in research

  • During research studies, your condition is normally monitored more closely than usual so any changes can be detected earlier. You may also have access to expert medical care that you otherwise would not.
  • Staff will keep you updated on your progress and how the study is doing. This gives you more opportunity to learn about your condition and gives you more access to professionals and advice.
  • Research improves services and treatments so that it may not only benefit you, but could benefit future generations. Research helps develop new tests for diagnosis, treatments and processes that could eventually help your children even grandchildren.
  • You may gain access to treatments that are not yet readily available to the public.
  • Taking part in research can mean you are playing an active role in your own health care. This can be very empowering and can give you a more positive outlook on any health issues.
  • Some evidence has suggested that people who take part in research have better health outcomes no matter what treatment they receive. This is known as the ‘trial effect’.
  • Even if the research you take part in is unsuccessful, many trial participants feel they receive better care in a trial than outside of it.

People take part in research for many reasons. Some people take part for personal benefit while others think about how it will benefit others. Whatever your reason we hope you will get involved in our research so that together we can make things better for everyone.

Inspirational experiences from patients, their families and carers
National Institute for Health Research gathered some fantastic stories from people across England, whose lives have been transformed by clinical research. Short films, video diaries and written accounts are available.