Why we do research

Researchers and support staff across the Trust are getting on board with a new campaign to tell people ‘Why we do Research’.

The new twitter trend #WhyWeDoResearch was initiated by the research and development team at the James Paget University Hospital, to tell people why research matters. It has now been adopted by NHS trusts up and down the country, who are using the campaign to highlight the importance of research.

Clinical trials are the best way to compare different ways of preventing and treating illness and health problems. Health professionals and patients need the evidence from trials to know which treatments work best. Many treatments that are now in common use in health care were tested in clinical trials, and without research there is a risk that people could be given treatments which have no advantage, waste resources and might even be harmful.

Alison Loftus - Why we do research.jpgAlison Loftus, Research and Innovation Manager, pictured right, said “We’re really excited to be involved with such an innovative and inspiring campaign, highlighting why research is so important in shaping the healthcare of the future. Clinical research helps us to understand how to diagnose, treat, cure and prevent disease. It is essential for developing better treatments and improving healthcare.”

The Trust is currently involved in over 40 studies which take place across a number of clinical areas including cancer, diabetes, ophthalmology and reproductive health.   We are involved in different types of research studies, both interventional and observational. These include clinical trials which compare and assess the effectiveness of treatments such as the EPHOS B Trial, an interventional breast cancer study, which aims to measure the effectiveness of introducing different medical treatments pre-surgery to establish if this improves the patients long term outcome. We are also involved in large national studies which collect data or observations from patients during routine clinical care, to help us understand the effectiveness of healthcare treatments and the progression of diseases. One of these studies currently recruiting patients at Bolton is the Diabetes study DARE – Diabetes Alliance for Research in England. This involves the patient agreeing to the collection of clinical details on their condition from hospital and GP records, and the option of providing an anonymous DNA sample to be used to identify susceptibility of genes for diabetes, diabetes complications and gene environment interactions.

We are keen to expand on the research opportunities open to our patients and to make research both relevant and accessible to our local community. We would welcome anyone who is interested to get in touch. If you are interested in getting involved or want to find out more about research at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, contact the Research and Innovation Department on 01204 390390 Ext 3848.

Coming soon – look out for various staff taking part in the twitter campaign from next week @boltonnhsft #WhyWeDoResearch and follow us and retweet!

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