Take part in research
Note to research staff: for information about conducting research at Barts Health including governance processes, SOPs and patient and public involvement advice/resources please visit our JRMO research staff website
Do you want to be a part of helping keep people healthy? Would you like to help us find better ways to look after our patients?
We're always looking for patients who can help us find out which treatments work best for people and compare different approaches to preventing and treating illnesses and health problems.
You could be part of pushing the frontiers of modern medicine if you take part in our research projects and you will be helping patients in the future. If you are approached, we know you might have some questions and our team will be glad to help.
What might it involve?
This will vary, and your doctor will be able to explain exactly what this means for you. You will be part of a clinical trial testing new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent a disease.
You might be asked to:
- Fill in a questionnaire
- Give samples of blood, skin or other tissue
- Take part in a chat with other patients, carers or members of the public about your experience
- Be interviewed by a researcher so that we can hear about your views or experiences
If you are asked to be part of a trial, you’ll be given an information sheet that tells you more about the research, what it involves, how much time it is likely to take and all the risks and benefits of taking part.
You will be given time to make sure you understand all this information –at least two days – and please feel free to discuss this with your family, friends, GP or other people involves in your care. If you don’t understand any aspect of the trial, make sure you ask as you should only say yes and sign the consent form if you are sure you want to go head.
Taking part in research is a really positive experience, but you do not have to do it if you don’t want to. That decision will not affect your routine healthcare.
For more information on how to get involved, please see introduction to public involvement in healthcare research.
If you need an interpreter to allow to take part in research in the hospital, this can be arranged through the Bilingual Health Advocacy and Interpreting Service.