What is heath and care research?
Undertaking clinical research helps study and improve healthcare provided by the NHS. Research is very varied. Below are some examples of different types of research.
- Safety and effectiveness of medications.
- Safety and effectiveness of a device e.g. pacemaker.
- Evaluating the impact of a health condition on quality of life.
- New methods for diagnosing health conditions.
- Research into genes and environmental factors to determine their contribution to disease e.g. smoking
The NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) provides a comprehensive list of answers to this and many more questions. You can find out further information here.
Who can be involved in research?
Different research requires different people to be involved depending upon the study. This maybe a patient with a specific condition, a family member of a patient with a health condition or a healthy person. In other words, anyone can be involved in research.
What can I expect if I take part in research?
Every research study is different; however, you will always be provided with written information for you to decide if it is right for you and given an opportunity to discuss with a healthcare professional.
How do I get involved in research?
I want to take part in a study:
- Ask your health care professional if they have any suitable studies for your condition
- Follow us on Twitter @barnsleyrd
- Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Search on the Be Part of Research website
Complete our research study interest form below
Register of interest
I want to help with research:
You don’t have to be taking part in a research study to get involved.
It is important that it is not just healthcare professionals who decide on what research should take place, you can have an influence on this too.
To find out more on the types of activities you could get involved in please visit https://www.nihr.ac.uk/patients-carers-and-the-public/i-want-to-help-with-research/
What kind of research can you take part in?
There are many different types of research:
- Some studies test new treatments or require samples.
- Others may involve interviews or surveys.
- Some research may require your one-off involvement, while others may have several follow ups over a period of time.
Your Doctor and Research Nurses will explain what’s involved in their study before you decide if you want to take part. It’s always your choice whether to take part and you can change your mind at anytime.
How can I find a study I can take part in?
You can ask your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional about trials that you may be suitable for.
Be Part of Research is an online service which helps people understand what research is, what taking part might involve, as well as helping people find studies and volunteer to take part.