Research is fundamental to improving quality and care for everybody and patients often enjoy being part of these studies. Sometimes they receive tests or treatments that wouldn’t have been available to them otherwise and benefit from regular monitoring and close care.
Volunteering to get involved may mean filling in questionnaires, surveys, talking to one of the research team, or trialling a new treatment or drug.
All clinical research projects are checked by external ethical committees, before being offered to the Research Team. We then select those projects that interest us or are most relevant to our practice population.
There are various ways that you can become involved in studies:
A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant
You may see information within the practice, via our practice website or social media channels and wish to find out more information about taking part
Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time.
You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about a study.
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 study. Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent.
Ashfields Primary Care Centre are currently recruiting patients for an exciting new study. If you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or you suffer from insufficient blood flow in your legs, this study may be for you. Interested? Download the ZEUS Research Study Information
Effect of Evolocumab in Patients at High Cardiovascular Risk Without Prior Myocardial Infarction or Stroke (VESALIUS-CV)
This study will assess the effect of lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) with evolocumab on major cardiovascular events in adults without a prior myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke who are at high risk of a cardiovascular event.