The NIHR has reported that the past 12 months has seen a record number of new clinical studies, as well as the highest ever number of research participants.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) reports that over 870,000 research participants have taken part in over 6000 studies across England in 2018/2019, with every NHS trust in the country recruiting patients into studies.
The areas with the highest number of research participants were:
- Children’s research studies (81,892)
- Studies in primary care settings (78,533)
- Reproductive health and childbirth research (74,128)
- Cancer research (67,652)
- Mental health research (65,645)
Chief Executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Dr Jonathan Sheffield OBE, commented that:
“The benefits that clinical research bring to society are profound. People who take part in studies can gain access to cutting edge, innovative new treatments. While NHS trusts and health and social care patients also benefit significantly, with evidence and innovations identified through research pivotal to the development of new types of care and treatment – ultimately leading to the prevention of ill health, earlier diagnosis, faster recovery and better outcomes.”
These record-breaking figures put the UK on track to meet the goal of achieving 1 million research participants by 2023/24, as articulated in the NHS Long Term Plan.
For further information, you can read the NIHR press release here.