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:
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.
"What is the purpose of the study? Educational programs directed at either children or the parents of those with atopic eczema (AE) have demonstrated a positive effect on the severity of the condition, though virtually all interventions have been given by health professionals and have specifically targeted the parents. Smart phone “apps” offer the possibility of delivering educational advice directly to either children or the parents of those with AE. In this study, we are asking you to download a smartphone app called Emollizoo, in which a zookeeper uses emollients to treat animals with eczema. It is hoped that by using the app, both you and your child will have a better understanding of how to use emollients and this may lead to an improvement in your child’s eczema."