The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) conducts research trials every year. A large number of these are clinical trials.
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are research studies which test new treatments or approaches to see whether they are effective. They help us to understand how to treat illnesses better. When your doctor decides on a course of treatment for you, they will be using the results of previous trials to make that decision.
What happens if I am asked to take part in a clinical trial?
If you are asked to take part in a clinical trial, you will be given information about the trial. Taking part is always voluntary. You should never feel under any pressure to take part in research and all clinical trials follow strict ethical rules. Should you have any concerns about a trial you are approached to take part in, speak to your doctor or care provider.
What will I be asked to do?
Researchers use a wide range of methods to measure particular information: these can include brain scans (taking a computer picture of the brain), puzzles, blood tests, questionnaires, interviews, computer games or completion of diaries.
How can I take part in research?
At the NIHR Maudsley BRC, there are several research areas, clinical trials and other studies that you could be involved in:
All trials have specific guidelines about who should take part called ‘eligibility criteria’. These determine who can take part in each trial. Even though you may have a relevant medical condition, you may not be suitable for a particular trial.
If you do not find an opportunity via the links above, but would still like to take part in research, ask your doctor or care coordinator, who may know of other research or opportunities available.
What is participating in research like?
While every clinical trial is different, Freda’s story outlines one person’s experience of participating in research.