The St Leonard's Practice designs and runs some of its own research projects as well as supporting important national studies that are organised by other researchers.
Many of the studies simply ask patients to provide information about their health, lifestyle or health care - for example by completing a questionnaire or keeping a diary. Sometimes study participants may be asked to give their permission for relevant information to be obtained from their medical records.
Other studies might invite people to take part in a short interview or a group discussion to talk about their health care experiences or put across their views on a specific health-related issue.
Some of the studies may ask patients to try out a new treatment (or a new combination of treatments) for a specific health problem they have. This might involve taking tablets, or having a vaccination, or trying out a non-drug intervention - for example: a physical activity programme, a self-help course or a new 'talking therapy'. A few studies ask participants to have some simple tests - for example, provide a blood or urine sample, have a throat swab, or have their height and weight measured.
You can look at a list of the different research studies we are currently running and have supported in the past by clicking on this link - Current, future and past studies
We try to keep this list as up to date as possible. However, it is subject to change, as we receive many requests to support new studies, and some studies may only recruit participants for a limited period of time.
One study that we supported at the practice in 2009/2010 has now published some of its results - it looked at Swine 'Flu (H1N1) in Pregnancy. You can access the study team's report online (see pages 109-182)
Yates L, Pierce M, Stephens S, Mill A, Spark P, Kurinczuk J, et al. Influenza A/H1N1v in pregnancy: an investigation of the characteristics and management of affected women and the relationship to pregnancy outcomes for mothers and infant. Health Technology Assessment, 2010; 14 (34): 109-182.
We are developing an information folder that will be available in the waiting area for patients to browse through if they wish to find out more about research at the practice. We hope this will be available from August 2010 and it will aim to include up to date information on the studies that we are currently supporting.