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NIHR CLAHRC Oxford's host NHS trust has risen to the top of a table for the most people recruited to take part in research studies.

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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust recruited 1,908 people to 36 studies supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network in the 2016/17 financial year.

This is compared to 1,812 people to 29 studies in the previous financial year, 2015/16, when Oxford Health was second in the table of 224 NHS organisations which ranks trusts by the number of people recruited.

Professor John Geddes, director of research and development at Oxford Health and NIHR CLAHRC Oxford theme lead said: “We are delighted to be one of the trusts doing the most to make sure that mental health research is at the forefront in the NHS.

“Our researchers work with NHS patients to make progress in topics ranging from dementia to eating disorders to schizophrenia.”

For Oxford Health studies seeking participants visit www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/research/news

Research helps develop better treatments to improve NHS care to save lives and improve quality of life. 

This could be trials of a new drug in hospital or something as simple as a patient completing a questionnaire about their condition.

Healthy people are also often needed to take part in trials so they can be compared to people with a condition that is being studied.

Patients are encouraged to ask their doctor about research opportunities and view trials seeking volunteers at The UK Clinical Trials Gateway www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk

Story adapted from the NIHR website. Read the full story here.

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