About medical research

Medical research is essential to develop new treatments and therapies for stroke so that patients can get the best possible care. Clinical trials are conducted to test whether a new medical intervention is safe, effective and better than standard care. These trials often rely on the participation of volunteer stroke survivors.

I want to know more about what taking part in research is like

Working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network, we have produced this booklet to explain what a clinical trial involves and what it is like to take part.

We have also produced a version for people with aphasia, for people that have trouble understanding written text.

Where can I find opportunities to take part in research studies?

If you’re interested in taking part in a clinical trial you should visit the Be Part of Research website where you can search for trials in your area.

You’ll be able to find out more detailed information about the trial, whether or not it is currently recruiting participants, and the contact details of the trial coordinator so you can enquire about taking part.

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway can help you make informed choices about clinical trials. They offer useful guidance on how trials work and help connect you to researchers running trials you might be interested in. 

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I'm a researcher wanting to recruit people affected by stroke to my study

If you're a researcher and would like to recruit people affected by stroke to your study or trial via the Stroke Association, please email research@stroke.org.uk