There are several reasons why you may be asked to take part in a clinical trial:
- The clinical trial that you are eligible for will give you a choice of how you are treated for your condition
- There is research being done in that specialty and your clinician wants to know if you are interested in taking part
- You are likely to match the inclusion criteria
Every research study when it is created, identifies which patients are eligible to take part. This is called 'inclusion criteria'.The inclusion criteria are designed to identify the patients the trial may best help. If you have been approched and asked to take part, it is because you potentially match this criteria.
Research can happen in any specialty so anybody could be asked if they would like to take part in a clinical trial.
If research isn't mentioned when you visit our hospitals and you are interested in taking part, just ask if there is something that you can take part in. Your clinician won't mind being asked and will let you know if they are aware of anything happening in that specialty.
• UK Clinical Trials Gateway – A database of clinical research trials running in the UK – you can see if any are relevant to you and ask us or your doctor or nurse if these studies are open in our Trust.
• Clinical trials NHS Choices – If you are approached about taking part in research please consider reading this resource before making your decision.
Before you join a study
These are some of the questions you may like to ask before deciding whether to take part in a trial:
- Why have you suggested I enter the study?
- What is the purpose of the study?
- What are the investigations I need to go through to enter the trial?
- How long will it take to get me into the study? Or to start treatment?
- Can I have my treatment at my local hospital?
- How often will I have to come to the hospital?
- Will my travel expenses be reimbursed?
- What happens if I want to withdraw from the study?
- What is the alternative to the trial?
Other ways to get involved
Besides taking part in a study, there are many ways in which you can get actively involved in research.
Increased engagement and involvement in research has been shown to improve patient experience and improve the quality of research design and delivery. There are opportunities for members of the public to be actively involved in research projects and in research organisations (e.g. working alongside researchers as co-applicants on a research project or as members of a project advisory or steering group).
Through becoming actively involved with research, members of the public have made a difference to health and social care research by:
- making sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that patients understand
- keeping the research on track so that it stays relevant
- making sure people taking part are approached in the right way
- improving the quality of the research by adding another point of view to the design and conduct.
For more information please contact Beverley Taylor: 01924 543175 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Or follow the link to I AM RESEARCH: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/news-and-events/support-our-campaigns/ok-to-ask/