Anyone registered with the practice could be invited to participate in a research project, thus helping to shape the future of healthcare. There are many different types of research from observational surveys to clinical trials involving new and novel medications. These are often comparing best-known standard therapies with newer therapies to see if they are more effective or cause fewer side effects.
People use research to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases. Research is particularly important in general practice as we can see the importance and effects of different treatments in a real setting, not the artificial setting of hospitals or in-patient research units. We are particularly interested in important conditions affecting general practice. The research areas are very varied depending on what is new, has great potential or areas where research is especially needed – it might involve completing a questionnaire, agreeing to an interview with a researcher or taking part in a clinical trial.
If one of the doctors or nurses invites you to participate in a research study, please consider any patient information leaflets carefully. This information may be sent to you or given to you by our nurse or doctor.
The practice is affiliated to the UK Clinical Research Network (UKPCRN). The UKPCRN was established to support clinical research and to facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies across the UK.
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