OK to ask

Healthcare professional thanking people for taking part in research

What is the “OK to ask” campaign?

Clinical research is the way in which we gather evidence to improve treatments for patients. Promoting, conducting and using clinical research to improve healthcare is one of the key principles of the NHS, and patients should be informed of research studies in which they may be eligible to participate.

Every year the NIHR marks International Clinical Trials Day in May with the ‘OK to ask’ campaign, which aims to encourage patients and the public to ask about opportunities available for them to take part in research. In many cases doctors will approach patients about taking part in research, but the NIHR also wants patients and carers to feel empowered to ask about it. 

To celebrate the NIHR's tenth anniversary in 2016, this year’s ‘OK to ask’ campaign gave us an opportunity to thank the millions of those who have already helped us change lives through research. By recognising the millions of people who have participated in healthcare research over the last decade, we also want to encourage both healthcare staff and patients to see it and make it available as a routine part of clinical care. 

How can you get involved?

Around International Clinical Trials day we use our Facebook and Twitter to share events taking place around the country. You can let us know what events you're planning by emailing details of your events and activities to oktoask@nihr.ac.uk for us to share.

You can order a range of campaign materials (including leaflets, posters, banners and stickers) from our online shop to support your OK to ask campaign.

Please join the campaign and help us to empower patients across the country to take part in clinical research!

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How research makes a difference...

Research makes a real difference to peoples lives and a vital contribution to the NHS. Take a look at a selection of case studies and videos to find out more: