Date: 12 June 2018
Clinical research plays an essential role in helping to improve the treatments and services we provide to our patients and to their general welfare. The main aim of clinical research is to find better ways of looking after patients and keeping people healthy, but patients and local residents are an essential part of our research partnerships.
As part of International Clinical Trials Day Barts Health NHS Trust asked members of their recently formed Barts Young People’s Research Advisory Group (BYPRAG) to set the scene at their flagship event by performing a short play they wrote themselves about their experiences of taking part in clinical trials. The play was performed to an audience of patients and the public.
The play was a wonderful example of how confusing research can seem - at a young age or even an early stage. The protagonist said “I’m actually a bit confused and worried. I am not sure what I am
doing here. What is research? What are they going to do to me? I want to get better but I hope they
don’t do anything scary.” A dialogue follows where the young person learns about their medicine and how to take it from the researcher - and that they can stop at anytime, just letting the team know.
The event held in the Great Hall at St Barts, comprised of a series of short talks from researchers and lay advisory group members, group discussions and interactive exercises, highlighting the many ways the patients and local residents are making a difference to our research activities.
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