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Research

Ashburton Surgery is now actively recruiting eligible registered patients to a number of clinical research studies. Eligibility for a study usually depends on the patient concerned having a medical condition which the study is looking at. If you are eligible we will usually contact you direct to offer you the opportunity to take part. Please note that taking part is entirely voluntary: if you do not want to take part your decision will not in any way affect the usual care you receive from this Surgery or any other NHS service. 

Taking part in clinical research studies can be beneficial for the individual taking part as well as helping to further medical knowledge for the benefit of others. Benefits include access to tests or treatments not usually available through the NHS, regular follow-up, and gaining a better understanding of one's health and the medical condition being researched. The requirements or commitment required as a result of getting involved in any clinical research study will always be clearly communicated with potential participants before any study-related activity is started, and for the avoidance of any doubt participants will not be charged any fee for taking part in any of the studies we offer access to, be they run in-house or run by other local hospitals or clinics. 

For further information about involvement in clinical research please follow this link: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/patients-and-public/why-join-in/

To find out more about all available research going on in this area please follow this link and enter your postcode or click on the map: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/nihr-in-your-area/

If you are specifically interested in contributing to dementia clinical research, whether you already have a diagnosis or not, you can register your interest at Join Dementia Research which is a secure website branch of the NHS National Institute of Health Research: https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/


Latest Research News:

All Heart Study - www.allheartstudy.org

NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee are working closely with the University of Nottingham to improve the treatment of patients with IHD (Ischaemic Heart Disease) 

Patients who are eligible to take part in the study will receive an invitation from us shortly, For more information you can visit the website above or read the leaflet below. 

All Heart Patient Leaflet


Involve South West - Newsletter vol 1 

For supporter of health research in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly

Click here to view the 1st edition of the Involve South West newsletter.

Involve are one of 15 Clinical Reseach Networks within England and part of the National Institute for Health Research, the clinical research arm of the NHS. 


Diabetes - 'StartRight' study

A new study is taking place within Torbay & South Devon. They are looking for patients aged 18-50 and diagnosed with diabetes in the last year to take part in a study to improve diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

For more information on what the study will involve and how you can take part click here 

Alternatively contact the study team directly on 01803 656632 or email diabetesresearch.sdhct@nhs.net 


Pain Management - 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Pain' study

If you suffer from arthritis or long-term pain and own a smartphone you could take part in a studying aiming to understand links between the weather and pain. For more information click here or visit www.cloudywithachanceofpain.com


Mental Health - REACT study

REACT (Relatives Education and Coping Toolkit) is an online peer-supported toolkit for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder. The REACT team are based at Lancaster University and looking for participants from all over the country to complete a series of questionnaires.

If you would like to read more about this study click here visit www.reacttoolkit.co.uk or email the REACT team on react@lancaster.ac.uk 


Hypertension - 'Time' study

If you've recently received a text message about the 'TIME' hypertension research study and would like to know more, please click here



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