Date: 10 August 2017
A new survey from the NIHR Clinical Research Network shows that nearly 90 per cent of patients asked have had a good experience of participating in clinical research, and 86 per cent would be happy to take part in another research study if it was offered.
Over the last two years the Clinical Research Network has worked on ways to collect and understand patient feedback on their experience of participating in clinical research. This recent survey followed a pilot in 2015/16.
The aim of undertaking these surveys is to develop a ‘service improvement’ programme based on patient experience of research, both nationally and locally, and to check that we are making patient experience the best it can be through the way research is delivered within the Clinical Research Network and more widely accross the NIHR.
Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public in Research, said:
"I am delighted that the vast majority of patients surveyed across our Local Clinical Research Networks say they have had a good experience when participating in a clinical study. That is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our researchers, clinicians, nurses and staff. Together with them and our patients and carers we will be looking at these survey results to see how we can strengthen and improve what we do so that everyone has a good experience."
The survey was carried out by Local Clinical Research Networks across England and the results were collated and analysed nationally. The number of respondents to the survey (3,320) was much higher than the pilot (597) making the data more reliable and confirming the findings from the pilot.
A summary of the survey results and the full report are now available on the NIHR website, please take a look.
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