Patients and Public

What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is used to study and improve various 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 health condition can affect the patients quality of life

  • Things that may increase the risk of a disease such as mutations in the DNA or environmental risks like smoking

  • New methods and procedures for diagnosing health conditions

Clinical research is a part of the everyday healthcare happening at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH). Opportunities to participate in clinical trials are made available to all patients wherever possible.