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NHS Choices to encourage patients to take part in clinical trials

By Steve Nowottny

A new section of the NHS Choices website has been added this week to encourage patients to take part in drug trials.

The ‘Health Research' feature tells members of the public how they can take part in all aspects of medical research, from setting research priorities to actually participating in clinical trials.

Sally Davies, Director General of Research and Development at the Department of Health, said: ‘Our intention is to make the NHS a hive of research activity that attracts the best researchers in the world. We are fostering a culture that pioneers new treatments in the full range of NHS settings, and working to improve the health outcomes for all NHS patients.'

‘We know that clinical trials have a positive effect throughout the NHS as new findings and best practice are developed and shared.'

Last month Pulse reported the primary care part of the NHS Choices website had got off to a flying start. One in three practices have already started to upload their details to the site.

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