Benefits

Clinical trials aim to improve the health and quality of life for service users and the population.
Without clinical trials there is a risk that treatments do not work or could be harmful to service users.
You can learn more about your condition and how to manage it.
The NHS can get access to new treatments that are only available in trials.
You can help support medical science and increase our knowledge of conditions and treatments.

What are clinical trials?

  • Clinical trials are research studies that involve people.
  • They test how well particular treatments work and whether they are safe.
  • They could be looking at medicines, equipment or therapeutic interventions
  • Clinical trials are designed to answer the following main questions:

Does a treatment work?
Does it work better than other treatments?
Does it have side effects?

Not all clinical trials involve drugs or treatments; they may be looking at the care you receive. They could also involve:

  • Interviews
  • Questionnaires
  • Researchers observing interactions with your care team
  • Advising a research team
  • Participating as a healthy volunteer
  • Taking a blood or tissue sample