Clinical staff working for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust carry out lots of research which relies on the support of patients and volunteers. Some of our research involves healthy members of the public, whilst other research involves patients taking part in a trial during their care and treatment.
If you are a patient at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust you may be invited to take part in a study or trial. It is entirely up to you whether or not you wish to get involved. If you decide not to participate, it will not affect your treatment in any way.
So if you are thinking about volunteering to be involved in a study, what are the potential benefits to you and other patients?
- There is evidence that for some conditions patients in clinical trials have better long term outcomes and may also get earlier access to new drugs and treatments. There is also evidence that hospitals that do lots of research may provide better care.
- Whilst in a study the medical staff will keep a very close eye on you which means problems or changes may be picked up quicker and acted upon.
- You will be potentially helping others, and possibly yourself, by helping to identify and try more effective medical treatments. This could include your children and grandchildren since some diseases tend to be inherited and run in families.
- The medical staff will keep you regularly updated on you progress and how the study is going. This will mean you may have greater opportunities to learn more about your medical condition, which may help you to manage it better.
- You may feel as though you are taking a more active role in your healthcare giving you a greater sense of empowerment which has been shown to very beneficial in long term outcomes.
- Many of our patients who have taken part in research have found it makes their care a more positive and rewarding process.
Your involvement and the time required depends on what is being investigated. It can vary from filling out a simple questionnaire to trialing new and exciting treatments. Our research teams will be able to provide you with more information and answer all you questions. You will be given plenty time to decide if your wish to become involved and you will able to leave a study at any point, and for any reason,without it affecting your further treatment.
Before you consider taking part in a trial, please see our frequently asked questions page. This has useful information and questions you may wish to ask the research team.