What is clinical research?

Clinical research is used to study and improve various 

This short video produced by NHS Choices explains clinical trials in more detail.

different aspects of healthcare not just tests with new medications. The results from clinical research trials are used to determine the best clinical practice for improving patients’ health and keeping them safe. 

Here are some examples of different types of clinical research;

  • Safety and effectiveness of new medication, device, or therapy such as speech therapy
  • Comparison of different medications
  • Safety and effectiveness of different combinations of medications
  • How a disease can affect the patients quality of life
  • What may increase the risk of a disease such as mutations in the DNA or environmental risks like smoking
  • New diagnostic methods and procedures


Clinical research is a part of the everyday activity that goes on within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and is performed by various members of staff with doctors and research nurses primarily working with the patients.



Have you ever wondered what its like to participate in a clinical trial?

Perhaps you have been informed about some research which you could be eligible to participate in and you want to find out more about what to expect before you decide.


Click here to see a short video on the experiences of some patients and staff who have participated in clinical trials.

To watch a short video about one man's journey as a research participant and the effect it has had on his recovery click here.

The NIHR YouTube channel nirhtv has a selection of videos about clinical research which you might find interesting.

The Clinical Research Network has a web page about taking part in clinical research which you can see here.


Below are some comments from participants that have attended the NIHR Sheffield Clinical Research facility about why they take part in research.



Will you be paid for taking part in a clinical research project?

Often you will be compensated for any travel expenses arising from your participation in a clinical trial.

Sometimes a small payment for inconvenience can be made to you. Full details of any payments made are explained in the study information provided to you to read before you decide whether to participate in the trial or not. If you have any questions, you can ask the person who is explaining the study to you.





Would you like to learn more about specific diseases, health issues and other medical topics?

On line courses and information presentations are hosted collectively by global Universities under the collective name Future Learn. There are lots of short courses to choose from which offer an introduction to a host of topics with a medical and health theme. Find out more here




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