We are a research practice and at any one time we may be participating in four or more studies. There are many different types of research and different sizes of studies that you might be asked to take part in. You might be asked to be part of a large national study which involves tests and samples, or to complete a questionnaire or talk to researchers. You will only be included in a research project with your full agreement.
Research is important in helping to improve existing treatments and services and discover new treatments and services.
If you are interested in taking part in a research study, ask your GP to consider any trials or other well designed studies that you may be suitable for.
Current studies include:
- GARFIELD – a multicentre registry of patients with newly diagnosed Atrial Fibrillation, looking at current treatments and outcomes. Patients are contacted when they are diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation.
- FAST – an Asthma study looking at whether increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroids during an exacerbation can reduce complications. If you have had one or more exacerbations in the last 12 months requiring oral steroids, you may be eligible for this trial.
- TWICS – a COPD study looking into whether prescribing low dose theophylline (a tablet sometimes used in COPD) can improve health outcomes. If you have COPD and take a brown or purple inhaler, and have had 2 or more exacerbations requiring oral antibiotics or steroids in the last year, you may be eligible for this study.
- TIME – this study is a web-based hypertension study, looking at whether taking blood pressure tablets in the morning or evening makes a difference to health outcomes. If you have hypertension you will have recently received a letter inviting you to take part. More details are available at www.timestudy.co.uk
- BARACK-D – this study is for people with mild Chronic Kidney Disease, and aims to determine if low doses of the drug spironolactone can improve outcomes in these patients. If you have this condition you may not be aware of it as mild kidney impairment is common and increases with age. If you are eligible for this study you may have already been sent a letter, or will receive one soon (August 2015).
If you wish to take part in any of these studies and think you might be eligible, but have not been invited, please contact Dr Matt Parfitt or Carolyn Downs (our research nurse) on the main practice telephone number.
The NHS Constitution was published in January 2009 it sets out clearly what patients, the public and staff can expect from the NHS and what the NHS expects from them in return. It promises to do everything possible to ensure that patients from every part of England are aware of research that is of particular relevance to them.
More details on taking part in clinical studies can be read on the National Institute for Health Research website