Research

 

Did you know we are a research active site?

What is Research?

  • Research is an investigation that seeks to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
  • Clinical Research can also be called a Clinical Trial or a Clinical Study.
  • Clinical trials are research studies that involve people.
  • They test how well particular treatments work and whether they are safe.

Clinical trials are designed to answer the following main questions:

Does a treatment work?
Does it work better than other treatments?
Does it have side effects?

 

Benefits

  • Clinical trials aim to improve the health and quality of life for patients.
  • Without clinical trials there is a risk that treatments do not work or could be harmful to patients.
  • You can learn more information about your condition and how to manage it.
  • You may get access to a new drug or treatment that is only available through a trial.
  • You may get faster access or more specialised care.
  • You can help support medical science and increase our knowledge of conditions and treatments.
 

 What does this mean for you?

This could mean that you are invited to take part in research which might happen at the practice or it could be at a local hospital. 

If you agree to take part, and the choice is yours, you will be contributing to advances in treatments, interventions and understanding of diseases. 

 

Why does the practice think this is important? 

It shows our commitment to good quality care and how that might be improved. 

It enables the practice to have access to opportunities for patients and sometimes training for staff which otherwise we would not have and through this we are offering a better service to patients.

If you are interested in knowing more about the sorts of things we do here get in touch with Stephanie Coady at Stephanie.coady@nhs.net

Below are some of the studies we have been involved with recently. 

HATRIC– can lower respiratory tract infections be treated with a root extract as an alternative to antibiotics.
STREAM – Eat well, feel well, stay well, over 65s at risk of malnutrition.
ANTLER – Antidepressants to prevent relapse in depression.
IP ACNE - internet intervention to support self-management of acne vulgaris in young people
ACTIVE  BRAINS – Aims to help prevent cognitive decline using a brain training website, exercise and diet. 

More information on research can be found on the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) website