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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

Harry

“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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Stephen

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

Stephen Burgess, rare cancer trial participant. 

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Irene

“Clinical research is vital to help make improvements for patients and the NHS”. 

Irene Soulsby, cancer research participant. 

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Research changes lives

Watch our animation to find out how participating in research can change lives and the future of healthcare. Read more about the motivations behind people taking part in research. 

Record numbers take part in research

The number of people benefitting from clinical research has reached record highs this year. In 2018/19 research was delivered at every NHS trust across the country and we’re making it even easier for people to take part. Read the full story.  


870,250 participants in research in 18/19

Latest news


Psychological therapies may improve parenting skills in parents of children with chronic illness

Psychological therapies appear to show promise in helping improve self-reported parenting behaviour of parents of children and adolescents with cancer, chronic pain, diabetes or traumatic brain injury. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and problem-solving therapy (PST) appear particularly valuable in supporting this. Psychological therapies also seemed beneficial in improving the mental health of parents who have children with cancer and chronic pain, but not in studies of children with diabetes. Parenting a child with a chronic illness can pose challenges to family life, causing emotional strain for both the parents and children concerned. Skills for adapting to this can help improve parenting behaviour and the mental health and well-being outcomes for families of children with chronic illness. This Cochrane systematic review analysed 44 trials of varying quality, which included over 4,600 parents. The results may help support healthcare practitioners working with families where children have chronic illness.

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Psychological therapies may improve parenting skills in parents of children with chronic illness

Warning that strobe lighting used at music festivals could trigger seizures

"Music festival lighting 'can trigger epileptic fits'," reports BBC News. Dutch researchers used records from a company providing medical services to music festivals to investigate the number of festival goers treated for epileptic seizures (fits). They looked at 28 electronic dance music festivals held in the Netherlands in 2015. They compared the number of seizures during concerts held in daylight with the number during night-time or indoor concerts, where strobe lighting is more intense.

Warning that strobe lighting used at music festivals could trigger seizures

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