We are dedicated to providing high quality research to people that use our services and believe that research should be offered alongside care and support so that we can deliver a truly comprehensive service.
The benefits of research are:
- During a research study your condition is usually monitored more closely 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 allows you to learn about your condition, and gives you more access to professionals and advice.
- Research improves services and treatments not just for you but also for future generations. It helps develop new tests for diagnosis, treatments and processes that could eventually help your children, or even your grandchildren.
- You may gain access to treatments that are not yet readily available to the public.
- Taking part in research 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 people feel they receive better care while the trial is running.
People take part in research for many reasons. Whatever your reason, we hope you will get involved in ours so that together we can make things better for everyone.
The National Institute for Health Research has 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.