Take part in Research

Manchester Medical is a ‘research active’ practice. This means that we regularly undertake research in partnership with researchers and our patients to help improve the care that we provide. The research also helps to influence the care that patients and the public receive nationally and even internationally.

Dr Maria Ahmed is the Practice Research Lead.

What is research?

Research in healthcare helps us to increase our knowledge about health and wellbeing. This is so we can:

  • provide life-changing treatments
  • diagnose diseases earlier or more accurately
  • prevent people from developing diseases
  • improve health and care for future generations
  • ensure everyone has a better quality of life

(Reference: https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/about/what-is-health-and-social-care-research/)

There are lots of different types of health research. Some of these include:

  • Patient or staff questionnaires
  • Patient or staff interviews
  • Trials of new medications
  • Trials of new devices (e.g. blood glucose testing kits)
  • Trials of new mobile phone health ‘apps’

Why is it important for patients and the public to get involved in health research?

It is important for you to get involved in health research so that the results of research are relevant to you and your community. Benefits of getting involved in research include:

  • Social – you get to meet new people with similar health issues and interests to you
  • Health – you get to try out new medications or services designed to improve your health and care
  • Financial – some researchers are able to pay patients for taking part in research

How to get involved in research

There are lots of ways to get involved in research.

1) The Manchester Medical practice team will invite you take part in research that is relevant to you (based on criteria set by the research teams). You decide whether or not to take part in a study and are free to leave at any point if you change your mind.

2) You can sign up to ‘Research for the Future’. This is a database of patients interested in taking part in research in Diabetes, Heart Disease, Lung Disease and Kidney Disease. Researchers can contact you directly about new research studies that are relevant to you. If you have any of these health conditions and want to find out more, please visit https://www.researchforthefuture.org/

3) You can sign up to ‘Join Dementia Research’. This is a national service to improve dementia care and treatment. Healthy volunteers as well as people with dementia are needed for this important work. To find out more, please visit https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/

4) You can visit the National Institute for Health Research ‘Be Part of Research’ website to learn more about research and opportunities to get involved: https://bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk/

Important note: To find out how patient information is used to support health and care research and how it is kept safe, please visit: https://www.hra.nhs.uk/information-about-patients/