Information about taking part in clinical trials
If you are being treated in the NHS you may be asked to take part in a clinical trial or you may be interested to find out about clinical trials that you could participate in. Clinical trials are research studies that involve patients or healthy people and are designed to test new treatments.
If you would like to understand more about clinical trials in general, or find information about specific clinical trials that may be relevant to you, these resources may be helpful.
Information about clinical trials in general:
Experiences of Clinical Trials (web)
NHS Choices - Clinical Trials and Medical Research (web)
NHS Evidence - Controlled Clinical Trials (web)
Testing Treatments (book)
Clinical Trials: What they are and what they're not (leaflet)
Understanding Clinical Trials (booklet)
General information about clinical trials in specific fields:
Finding information about specific clinical trials in the UK:
Information about specific clinical trials varies in its ‘user-friendliness’. By searching the resources below you may find out about a trial in which you think you might want participate. If so, you will probably need to discuss it with your doctor or nurse. There may also be other trials that are not in these resources that your doctor can tell you about.
Remember that there may not be a trial suitable for your needs. If there isn’t, you may want to register your need through a resource called DUETs.
To search for trials across many fields:
UK Clinical Trials Gateway
UK Clinical Research Network Portfolio
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations Clinical Trials Portal
To search for trials within specific fields: