Why do we do Research

Why do we do research? 

The main purposes of research are to inform action, gather evidence for theories, and contribute to developing knowledge in a field of study 

How can you get involved  

Last year more than 1.3 million people, of all ages, took part in vital health and social care research. It is through high quality, ethically-approved research, that we can develop better treatments, improve diagnosis, learn more about prevention of illness and provide better care for everyone. 

Why should I take part? 

We can make faster improvements to people’s health and care if more people take part in research. There are a range of reasons that people choose to participate in research: 

  • To improve health and social care for others, as well as giving hope for future generations 

  • To learn more about their condition 

  • To try a new treatment or device 

  • To be more closely and regularly monitored by health and care professionals 

  • To help researchers learn important new information 

Everyone can take part in research 

Some studies may look for people living with a particular condition while others may be asking seeking people who care for someone with a long-term illness, or people who do not have a condition (sometimes called ‘healthy volunteers’). Everyone can make a difference, whatever their circumstances. 

You can ask your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional about clinical trials or other health and care studies that you may be suitable for. 


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