Research

Talbot Medical Centre is a research practice, we actively support clinical research studies within Primary Care.

What is Primary Care research?

People use research to try and find the causes of diseases and to find better treatments and services for those diseases and improve patient care.

Different types of research

Research is presented in different formats:

  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Requesting the use of your anonymised data
  • Taking part in an interview
  • Testing new treatments, therapies or devices
  • Experiencing new combinations of treatments

Why support research

Research studies help to answer specific questions about health and health care. For example:

  • Whether new treatments or ways of organising services are effective (do they work?).
  • Whether those treatments or services are cost-effective (do they give value for money?).
  • How different health problems develop and progress over time – to help gain a better understanding of that health problem.
  • The views of patients and health professionals about a particular treatment, intervention or service and how they might be improved.

The results of research studies can be of interest to patients and useful to health professionals and managers in the NHS, in helping to decide what treatments and services to provide in future.

Patient participation and how to take part in research

There are different ways that patients can become involved in studies our practice is participating in.

A doctor or nurse may talk to you about the study and ask whether you would consider taking part.

You will be sent information through the post if we feel that you might be a suitable participant.

You may read information on the website about a current study and wish to take part by contacting the practice

Patients who express an interest in finding out more about a study will be asked for their permission to share their name and contact details with the study team. Some studies require direct contact between participants and the team, others involve contact through a member of practice staff or with a Primary Care Research Network research nurse.

Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say ‘No’. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to. You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part.

Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say ‘No’. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to. You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part.

You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. The practice will usually provide you with a patient information sheet; then, if you agree to take part, the study team will explain the study to you in more detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about it.

Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent. If you do agree to take part in a study, you will be asked to sign a consent form, this will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research.

You will not be asked to take part in a large number of studies. Most researchers are very specific about the criteria that people need to meet in order to enter their study. Usually this means that only a relatively small number of patients at the practice will be suitable for any one study.

National Institute of Health and Care Research – The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

EMIS Recruit – Enables primary care professionals to easily identify and connect with patients eligible to take part in clinical trials.