The success of clinical research depends heavily on the willingness of patients to get involved, either by taking part in a research study or by helping to design or carry out research.
Taking part in a research study
Many patients choose to take part in research. In doing so, they may gain access to new treatments, but often the choice to take part is driven by a desire to help current, or future patients, in a similar situation.
Here we answer questions about clinical research.
Helping to shape research
The best quality research involves patients and the public, helping researchers to develop and improve their ideas for research. It could be helping to design a research study, helping to write information about a research study that is easy for patients to understand, collecting research data, or helping to make decisions about which research studies should receive funding.
Here we provide links to organisations that support patients, the public and researchers to work together.
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
The NIHR is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR website explains how members of the public can get involved in clinical research.
The NIHR funds Involve which supports public involvement in NHS, public health and social research
People in Research
People in Research is an online national database that allows people to search for opportunities for public involvement in research.