How volunteers help clinical research
Medical knowledge and interventions have advanced at a great pace over recent years, but there is still a huge amount that we do not know or fully understand. This is why we do clinical research, and it wouldn’t be possible without patient and public volunteers.
Clinical research aims to continually improve our insight into the causes and developments of medical conditions, and therefore develop new treatments and medicines, prevent illnesses, and improve quality of life.
It is only through conducting research that we can gather the evidence to know whether treatments are safe and understand which treatments work best. By doing research, we can focus NHS resources where they will be most effective.