Research plays a vital role in helping Doctors provide patients with the most effective treatment options. Clinical research drives forward understanding of how we can help patients live healthier longer lives.
Participating in research is voluntary and can only be done with your consent. You have the right to withdraw from the trial at any point. You can be completely reassured that this will not affect your ongoing routine care at our practice.
The NHS is committed to ensuring that all patients have access to the most up to date and effective treatment options. As part of this, many research institutes (Universities) and sometimes commercial drug companies recruit primary care patients to provide valuable health information (data) that can be used to help advance effective treatments for conditions or improve patient experiences of disease and illness.
Most of the studies we undertake are academic studies hosted by universities. For these we are funded by the National Institute for Clinical research (https://www.nihr.ac.uk/). From time to time we undertake commercial research with pharmaceutical companies with associated funding from them–you will be fully informed if this is the case.
Research looks at current practice ( management of symptoms, treatment regimes ), proposed alternative treatment regimes or management strategies, and occasionally at using new or different drugs/drug regimes to treat a condition. Our role is to facilitate the recruitment of patients into trials and to act as the patient’s advocate in ensuring you fully understand your involvement with the trial.
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What trials are TMG currently involved with?
We are currently involved with a number of trials which include:
PRIMUS- a trial looking at the management and diagnostic testing of lower urinary tract symptoms in men. For more information see http://www.primus-study.co.uk/
This study is now open to recruitment through mail out but may also be discussed at your GP appointment if appropriate. .
TRIUMPH – treatment of lower urinary symptoms in men in primary healthcare using non drug based intervention. This study is recruiting participants through mail out only.
ANTLER – looking at the effectiveness of long term use of antidepressants to prevent relapse in depression. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/antler
This study is open and particiapants have been invited through mail out but this study may also be discussed at your GP appointment if appropriate.
RENEWED- a study looking at the use of an online tool to help cancer survivors with aspects affecting quality of life such as fatigue, healthy eating, exercise and mood.
This study is OPEN , initial recruitment was through mail out invitation but participants can also opportunistically sign up for this if eligible. More information available here https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/find-a-clinical-trial/a-study-looking-at-an-online-programme-for-people-who-have-had-prostate-breast-or-bowel-cancer-clasp
TEST- a feasibility study looking at whether testing for food allergies can help children with eczema. This study is open, only eligible patients will be sent an invitation letter to participate.
More information about eligibility can be found here : http://www.bristol.ac.uk/primaryhealthcare/researchthemes/test-study/
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