Clinical research

 

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.