Patients urged to ask about research on International Clinical Trials Day

Patients urged to ask about research on International Clinical Trials Day
19 May 2017

PATIENTS at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are being encouraged to find out whether they could benefit from a clinical trial which could improve their care.

Almost 650 patients were recruited to approximately 120 trials in 2016/17, with trials being held in specialties such as paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, diabetes and respiratory medicine. Trials are also being carried out in cancer, dermatology and rheumatology.

Staff at the Trust are urging patients to ask whether they could benefit from a clinical trial as part of a national campaign called ‘I Am Research’. The campaign is being launched in conjunction with International Clinical Trials Day, which is being held on Friday (May 19). The event commemorates trials that were carried out on scurvy patients by James Lind while he served on HMS Salisbury in 1747.

Dr Magnus Harrison, Medical Director at Burton Hospitals, said: “Patients can play a huge part in the future of healthcare by asking whether they can get involved in a clinical trial while they are in hospital.

“Clinical trials help to improve the quality of care that the health service can provide for patients by helping to create new and better treatments. There is no obligation to take part, we just want people to think about whether they could contribute or not and ask the question.”

The national campaign ‘I Am Research’ highlights the many different ways in which patients across the country can get involved and contribute to research. For more information visit www.iamresearch.co.uk

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