Patients, carers and members of the public can get involved in our research in many different ways. Involving patients and carers in our research helps us to answer research questions that are relevant. It also ensures that the needs of patients (and their carers if relevant) are considered throughout the research process.
Clinical research helps us to understand how to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
The main aims of clinical research are to:
- provide the best advice and treatments for patients
- share knowledge and learning
- increase understanding of health and disease
- improve patient care
Before being used in practice, new treatments must be very carefully tested. This is so that the effects on patients can be more fully understood.
Clinical trials using volunteers are the best way to assess whether new treatments are safe. They highlight what the side effects could be and if they are more effective than existing treatments.
Opportunities to get involved