Taking part in research

Many GP surgeries take part in medical research. From time to time you may receive an invitation to take part. You are free to accept or decline this invitation: it will not affect the care that you receive in any way.

How you will receive an invitation

  • You may receive a text message, an email or a letter in the post. Letters will include some information about the research project
  • Your doctor or nurse may also discuss research opportunities during an appointment
  • A member of the study team may approach you in the surgery waiting area. Only researchers that the practice has approved can approach you.

Research safety

All research projects carried out at any of our practices have been thoroughly checked and approved by the relevant health authorities and ethical committees to ensure that they are safe to perform.

You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study involves, and will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain further details about the study. All projects are fully compliant with all UK laws (including GDPR). 

What you will need to do as part of the research will vary from study to study. The Patient Information Sheet for each project will explain what it involves. The study team is also there to answer any questions you may have.

If you no longer want to take part

Even if you agree to take part in research, you can withdraw at any time. You don't have to give a reason for withdrawing. Withdrawing from a study will not affect the care we provide for you.