8 May 2013 – Why not ask to take part in clinical research

Posted on May 8, 2013 by AireAdmin

Researchers at Airedale Hospital are joining the national campaign to celebrate the success of clinical research and persuade more patients to get involved.

To mark International Clinical Trials Day on Monday 20 May, there will be information stands around the Trust to raise awareness of how to become involved in research and opportunities to speak to the research team about projects taking place at Airedale.

Clinical trials are a crucial part of finding out which treatments and medicines work best for patients. By taking part in research patients can help ti improve the NHS and care for future generations. The theme of the campaign led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) this year is ‘It’s OK to Ask’.

Carole Paley, head of research at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Clinical research is thriving in the NHS however most patients are unaware of how they can get involved unless they are approached by their nurse or doctor about a particular study.

“We want patients to have the information and confidence to ask about taking part in projects that interest them if they want to.”

NIHR findings show that only six percent of those asked say the public is well-informed about clinical research in the NHS and less than 21 percent would feel very confident to ask their doctor about research opportunities. Under three percent of respondents thought research was not important.

There are currently 136 clinical trials running at Airedale – over 50 of these large projects. They cover specialities such as cancer, stroke, elderly care, diabetes, cardiology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, rheumatology and gynaecology.

Some examples of clinical trials currently taking part at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust are:

  • Looking at how compression devices such as stockings can prevent deep vein thrombosis in acute stroke patients.
  • Using drugs called aromatase inhibitor exemestane to prevent breast cancer. Further information www.ibis-trials.org
  • Looking at whether the drug Fluoxetine commonly known as Prozac can help the recovery of a stroke patient by helping the brain to repair itself.
  • A study into whether a type of fish oil and aspirin can prevent the development of bowel polyps which may help to reduce future bowel cancer risk.