What is research participation?

By participating in clinical research, you are helping to inform future treatments and services. Participation can mean additional monitoring, access to new treatments or sharing your experience of an illness. It could also involve extra visits and travel. Research requires much thought before deciding to participate as it might not improve your condition. It is important to consider the potential benefits and risks of participation and always ask questions if you're unsure about what you've read or been told.

If you want to participate in research, you can ask your health care professional if they are aware of studies you can help with. You can also look for studies on the UK Clinical Trials gateway. This is a searchable list of clinical research happening across the UK. If you want to join a trial, you should discuss this with your doctor or clinical team. (This is important if the trial would change your current treatment.)

To read about the experiences of others who have participated in research, visit the 'Research Changed My Life' website or 'healthtalkonline.org'.

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