How you can take part in diabetes research
Service expanded to allow people to participate in areas of health and care research that they are interested in.
A service that allows people to search for health and care research projects that they can volunteer to participate in has expanded.
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) operated service Be Part of Research has recently been added to the NHS homepage and the NHS App.
The expansion of the service will enable people to create a free account and select any areas of health or care research they are interested in taking part in.
People who register for an account will then be matched to suitable studies and sent information on how to take part.
Be Part of Research organisers said: “Better care and treatments start with you. Health and care research can only improve and save lives with the help of people like you.”
Researchers hope the expanded service will make finding suitable participants from across the UK quick and effective – reducing the cost and time to recruit. It will be fully launched to the public later in the year but is already available for patient recruitment to studies.
The first study to use the service (an online survey-based study) reached its recruitment target in under a week, with a conversion rate from volunteers invited, to participants taking part, of 37%.
It is also now easier than ever for volunteers to register their interest to take part in health and care research. They are able to register using their email, or by using their NHS login on the service or via the NHS app.