The NHS aims to provide the best possible care for its patients and research enables us to decide what methods of care are best. All treatments have at some time been the subject of research. In our modern health service each potential new treatment, diagnostic aid, or service development is tested before its widespread adoption. Every year thousands of people agree to become participants in research studies, contributing to these advances in healthcare.
The results from research carried out in Grampian are often of national and international importance and are published in medical and nursing journals. Whilst under our care you may be invited to participate in a research study. For example, when undergoing a routine procedure you may be asked to provide extra tissue or blood samples for use in research. Alternatively, you may be asked to take part in a study that compares one treatment with another to see what is most effective, or you may be asked to complete a questionnaire about your illness or your opinion on how care should be provided.
Members of the public who act as partners in the research process can bring a fresh perspective to it. In some instances members of the public have identified areas of research that have not been considered by those 'inside' the research process and have also identified and prioritised issues that are of importance to those for whose benefit the research project is aimed. For example, service users may have a different view of what outcomes are more important to them than a research professional designing a project.
More information can be found on the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) website