What is clinical research?

May 20th is International Clinical Trials Day, where we celebrate the incredible achievements of clinical research. It’s also a time for us to thank those who take part in studies, often when they’re in distress or discomfort or unwell.

People often think clinical research is just about drug trials, but it can be all kinds of different things, especially in mental health and dementia.

Sometimes we might ask to interview you, or ask you questions about your illness. Sometimes we might ask you to try out a new gadget or test different kinds of advice and support to see which is most effective. And sometimes we even do drug trials!

Whatever it is, none of it would be possible without you.

Without you, we wouldn’t make any advances in medicine. Without you, we’d never discover new treatments. Without you, we wouldn’t know what treatments work and what treatments don’t work. By taking part in research, you’re helping future generations get the best treatment possible. So from all of us here at Notts Healthcare Clinical Research Network, thank you.

But what’s in it for you? Well take a look at this great video from our colleagues in Yorkshire.

To find out how you can get involved in mental health and dementia research, email us at crnteam@nottshc.nhs.uk or take a look at our current list of studies

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