How can I join a clinical trial and what will be expected of me?

As explained elsewhere, the main aim of this site is to help make partnerships between researchers and patients, carers and members of the public when researchers are planning what research to do and how to do it. If you are interested in joining a trial, the UK Clinical Trials Gateway may be able to help you. However, while this site is designed to be accessible to patients, we are aware that some of the content is too complex and we are working with those running and recruiting to trials in our area to change this. If you cannot find what you are looking for on the site, or do not understand it, please contact us. This is important as it will help us to help you find out what you need to know about trials, but we will also use information from you to make the necessary improvements to our section of the Gateway and hope that others running trials elsewhere in the UK may do the same.

Tasks and activities for participants in clinical trials and studies may include

  • Periodic visits to a clinic, hospital, GP surgery or research unit for tests
  • Taking drugs or receiving other treatments
  • Filling in questionnaires