A variety of different patients take part in clinical research. This may include male and female, young and old, all ethnic groups and patients with a variety of medical conditions. However, each trial is looking at something very specific; they will therefore have set lists as to who may be suitable to take part. However, if you are interested in taking part in clinical research you can simply ask to take part.
Do I have to take part?
The simple answer is no.
Taking part in research is entirely voluntary. You must be told about the study, given an information sheet and have time to think about the study in order for you to decide if you would like to take part. The researcher will provide you with all the necessary information and they will answer all your questions. You can leave the study at any time.
If you decide not to take part in clinical research or leave the study early your NHS treatment will not be effected and you will continue to be looked after like any other patient.
Is clinical research safe?
All drugs, including the ones we routinely prescribe to patients, may have side effects. In clinical research potential risks are carefully balanced against the benefits. Studies are designed to keep risks to a minimum and patients are closely monitored.
What are the benefits for me?
The reasons for people taking part in a study vary. Taking part in research is perceived by some people as ‘giving something back’ to benefit others in the future. Other people feel that they personally benefit from the treatment and drugs provided and are reassured by the close medical monitoring and check-ups provided by the researchers.
Every study is carefully planned to investigate something specific, therefore the duration of the study and the investigations required (e.g blood sampling, ECG, X-rays) will vary. It is likely that you will need to attend the Clinical Research Centre for clinic follow-up visits. Please rest assured that everything required will be clearly explained to you before you agree to take part in a trial.
Where can I get further information?
If you are considering taking part in research we would encourage you to contact your Doctor, health professional or a Research Nurse for further information.
In addition you can contact:
The Research and Development Team
Tel: 01253 951514
or contact: Patient Relations Service on: 01253 955589
There are also various websites you may like to visit:
Here you can read, watch videos and listen to audio clips about the experiences of people who have already taken part in research.
National Institute For Health Research – where you can find out more about research in the NHS.
Here you can find much more information about research and clinical trials as well as links to useful resources.
Involving Patients and the Public (PPI) in our Research
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to working in partnership with patients and members of the local community to achieve the best possible health outcomes for its service users. To help researchers actively involve patients and the public in their research, the Trust has had a successful Research Patient and Carer Panel. The panel is currently being relaunched as we believe that it’s important to hear the views of people who our research could potentially affect, to ensure the patient is at the heart of the decision-making process. This is about ensuring that individuals and communities can play a greater role in shaping healthcare research.
If you are interested in being involved as a PPI member, please contact us for more information.