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The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has now been replaced with Be Part of Research. This is a new site which is still under development. Your feedback will help improve it.

Be part of research

We are here to help you find out about health and social care research that is taking place across the UK.

Real life stories


“I wholeheartedly support clinical research. I wouldn’t be here enjoying an active life if it wasn’t for health research.”

Jane Owen, retired physiotherapist and Patient Research Ambassador

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“Unless we try things out we’d never get to know what would work”.  

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

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“Harry was well looked after, carefully monitored, and we felt supported by the staff every step of the way.”

Stephanie George and Lee Murdoch whose newborn son Harry took part in a study.  

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How to be involved

World mental health day

Find out how Be Part of Research is supporting World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October. 

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Online course: Improving healthcare through clinical research

A four week online course which is delivered free of charge, explains how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated to improve healthcare for all. The next course starts from the 7 October 2019 and can be completed at your convenience. 

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Latest news

High-flow nasal oxygen reduces reintubation after major surgery compared with conventional oxygen therapy

In adults after major surgery, high-flow nasal oxygen decreases by about two-thirds the need for reintubation compared with conventional oxygen therapy. In this study, only about four in every 100 patients needed reintubation with high-flow nasal oxygen, compared with about 11 in every 100 patients receiving conventional oxygen therapy. This review evaluated seven randomised and three non-randomised studies in 1,327 adult patients recovering from surgery under a general anaesthetic. Most of the patients were at high risk of reintubation. As well as reducing reintubation, high-flow nasal oxygen may also reduce the need for additional respiratory support, but the evidence for this is not as strong. There was no difference between high-flow nasal and conventional oxygen therapies in the risk of postoperative lung complications or death. It remains to be determined which patient groups are most likely to benefit most from this therapy.

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High-flow nasal oxygen reduces reintubation after major surgery compared with conventional oxygen therapy

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