What difference could I make?
Don’t just take our word for it, read these real life stories from patients, carers and their families about their experience of being part of research. You can also see how research has made a difference to people's lives and patient care.
What if I don’t understand all the words used in research?
We know the world of research can be difficult to understand. There are many acronyms and terms you might not come across everday, even if you work in health or social care. We have produced a list of words that are commonly used in health and care research and explanations of what each word means. It is not a complete list, but it could help you when you’re reading about research.
Take a look at the NIHR glossary.
If you’d like to learn more about what's involved in research or hear from the volunteers who have taken part, explore this free, three-week online course: What is Health Research? Anyone can register and you can complete the course at your own pace.
How can I find out about research on a specific disease or condition?
All the information about the research we do is available to everyone. You can learn about a condition or disease, or help family and friends to understand a new diagnosis.
NIHR Evidence website focuses on the results of NIHR projects that we think could change the way people do things. This could be those who work in health and care, patients, carers, people using social care services, or people who work in government. We write up these research findings in plain English and highlight the difference they could make.
Take a look at our summaries
You can search for research results in the NIHR Journals Library, where you will be able to access easy-to-read summaries, in addition to the full research articles.
Browse our journals library.
Find out more
Take a look at our ‘Partnering with the Public’ page to learn more about how NIHR works with the public. You can also keep up-to-date by following us on social media and signing up to our newsletter to find out more about opportunities to get involved in research. We share people's experiences of taking part in studies and helping shape research.
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