3 million and rising: the secret to recruiting more patients to trials could lie in better training for doctors and nurses

Simon Denegri's Lay review

3 million patients have been recruited to clinical trials over the past six years.

That was the impressive bit of news put out by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Networks yesterday. You may have heard its Chief Executive, Jonathan Sheffield, on local radio talking about we have got here and the important part played by patients both as participants and in shaping clinical studies.

It would seem the networks have smashed all sorts of records in the last year (http://www.thepharmaletter.com/article/record-year-for-commercial-contract-clinical-research-in-england ) . Some of those by individual trusts – and you can see what your own NHS Trust has been up too here: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network-nihr-clinical-research-zone/table/nhs-trust-research-activity-league-table-2013-14 It is a sign that the message is getting through to the wider NHS.

So how do we push on from here? How do we grow the numbers of patients in trials? The ongoing reconfiguration of national networks into local research…

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