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Clinical Trials Needed to Drive Progress in Healthcare across NHS

21st May 2012

Leading medical researchers say that medical trials are the only way that patient treatment will progress, and that it will contribute significantly towards the £20 billion saving the NHS must make by 2015. Research trials have already helped treat thousands of sufferers, but there is a push for more awareness of clinical trials so that this can continue and develop further.

Research that has been released today, commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) confirms that despite a willingness on the part of patients to take part in clinical trials, NHS organisations and their employees are not always doing all they can to raise awareness of clinical trials, which ultimately restricts the opportunity to help develop and deliver the treatments of the future.

A comprehensive investigation has revealed almost three quarters of people would be willing to take part in trials, yet many are never told about opportunities, and are unaware of the chance to get involved. More than half a million patients are recruited into clinical studies each year, helping to dispel the false perceptions of the risk that some may have, but this could increase and further aid major breakthroughs in the treatment of serious illnesses, including bladder cancer and meningitis.

Dr Jonathan Sheffield, CEO of the NIHR Clinical Research Network says that research culture is not ingrained in the NHS and needs to be embedded in the culture of all hospitals. ‘We have to make progress all the time in the care that we give to patients, so it is really important that we make these treatments effective through research.’

By pushing clinical research studies to become a standard treatment option for all patients across England, the research obtained through clinical trials can move treatment forward, and continue to provide the best care for patients throughout the NHS.


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