At The Westbank Practice, we think it is important to be research active and from time to time, your GP may invite to take part in a particular clinical trial; we will never give your details to a research team without your specific written consent. There are rigorous processes in place, including a review by an NHS Research Ethics Committee, to protect the rights, dignity, safety and wellbeing of participants in research. Over 24,000 patients and healthy members of the public take part in clinical research in the South West of England.
Clinical trials are research studies in which people help test treatments or approaches to prevention or diagnosis of health conditions to evaluate whether they are safe and effective. Each trial is designed to keep risk to a minimum. Clinical trials are one stage of long and thorough health research. Trials are carried out in carefully planned phases, allowing researchers to ask and answer questions in a way to provide reliable information in the best interests of the participants. Trials are an important part of the process the NHS goes through in making decisions about which approaches to prevent, diagnose or treat conditions should be made available to the public.
Research study participants say benefits of taking part include:
- Learning more about their health condition and how best to manage it
- Feeling empowered
- Access to the very latest treatments
- Feeling good knowing helping others even if not going to necessarily reap the benefits directly themselves
- Satisfaction of contributing to medical advances
- Reassured health care professionals are doing their best for their patients
- Reassured by closer monitoring of their health condition
- Research gives hope
We are frequently asked about trials looking into dementia and would recommend www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk as an excellent resource. To find out what clinical research studies are running nationally, www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk shows the database held by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) which is the research arm of the NHS and allows you to search a whole range of conditions. At the Practice, information about local studies are posted on the waiting room screen (paper copy in folder) or where suitable, you may receive a personal invitation from your doctor.
Current Clinical Studies
IBS Do you have IBS? Would you like to be involved in future research into the condition? If so, please take a look at the following website http://www.contactme-ibs.co.uk.
Anxiety and depression Have experienced clinical anxiety and/or depression during your life aged 16 and above. The GLAD study is designed to look at genetic factors which might affect these condition. https://gladstudy.org.uk/
Ear infection The Runny Ear Study (REST), will focus on children who have middle ear infections with discharge (AOMd). The team will compare three alternative treatment options: immediate antibiotics by mouth, immediate antibiotic eardrops, which have previously shown to be effective in children with grommets, and 'delayed' oral antibiotics, where parents are advised to wait to see if the child's infection improves without antibiotics. Studies in other infections suggest that delayed antibiotics by mouth can be just as effective and safe as immediate antibiotics. Your doctor may invite you and your child participate if assessed as eligible for the study.