Involving patients and carers
Research has shown strong support among patients for clinical research - and both patients and carers play a key role in the Stroke Research Network.
A recent Ipsos MORI poll found that 97% of people in Britain believe it is important for the NHS to support research into new treatments - with as many as 72% saying they would hope to get involved in trials if they suffered from a condition that affected their daily life. (Ipsos MORI, June 2011)
“No matter how complicated the research, or how brilliant the researcher, patients and the public always offer unique, invaluable insights."
Professor Dame Sally Davies
Department of Health
Strong public support for clinical research is matched by the vital role played by patients and their carers within our network.
A unique contribution During 2010-11, the network helped to recruit over 10,000 patients to take part in stroke studies - but equally important is the role played by our trained lay members.
Lay members are stroke survivors, carers or people whose lives have been affected by stroke, and they make a distinctive contribution to our work, often sitting on Clinical Studies Groups or local network groups, offering their unique perspective and helping to shape research.
To find out more about the patient perspective on stroke research, check out the 'My Research Journey' video, which features Birmingham-based stroke survivor Brin Helliwell.