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Patients tell how clinical research changed their lives

Press release   •   Nov 28, 2013 13:53 GMT

A new consumer poll shows 66% of people feel that getting more chance of a new or better treatment is the only reason to take part in a clinical trial.

But a new national campaign is highlighting that clinical research can have a positive impact on people’s lives in a whole range of different ways. 

The “research changed my life” campaign has been developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network - the research delivery arm of the NHS.   The campaign uses the inspirational experiences of research participants  (via video-diaries, audio stories and film) to raise awareness of the broader benefits clinical research can have on patients, their families and carers.

National Institute for Health Research, Clinical Research Network Chief Executive Dr Jonathan Sheffield said:

“”Research changed my life” highlights the invaluable role that clinical research plays in society, all over England.  The campaign shows that taking part in clinical research is not just about direct health impacts - it has a wider role to play in connecting patients with their condition, which brings many  benefits to their lives and the lives of their family members or carers.

The National Institute for Health Research - Clinical Research Network:  delivering research to make patients, and the NHS, better.

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