Our Research Unit
For twenty years, we have had a busy Research Unit running a wide variety of Clinical Trials in various therapeutic areas. Our Research Team is headed by Dr Asamoah-Owusu with Dr Kanagasundaram and Dr Black. Working alongside the Doctors are two Research Nurses, Rachel Chambers and Lesley Cole.
All our studies aim to improve patient care and we see many benefits in our patients having the opportunity to take part in these trials. If we consider that a patient is potentially suitable to take part in one then they may be contacted either in the surgery or by telephone to discuss it.
The Unit is open Monday – Thursday. To contact us please call the main Practice number 01932 840123 and ask to be put through to the Research Unit.
The Crouch Oak Family Practice carries out research in collaboration with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS. You can find out more about the NIHR here: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/
We are grateful to the patients and carers who can give their time and commitment to help with medical research.
Studies can vary from observational projects, questionnaire studies, uses of new medication and longer term research following patients with various conditions for many years. Such studies may aim to help with the development of treatments, pathways of care and improving patient care.
The Crouch Oak Family Practice has previously supported studies in a wide variety of disease areas including Diabetes, Cholesterol Lowering, Hypertension, Vaccinations, Asthma, COPD, Pain Relief, Depression and Constipation.
Research is important to patients because it can help work out which treatments work better for which patients. Although patients may not directly benefit from taking part in researches themselves, they may help inform better healthcare for future patients.
The “OK to Ask” campaign encourages more patients or carers to ask about research opportunities that could be available to them or loved ones. You can read more about this here: http://www.nihr.ac.uk/get-involved/ok-to-ask.htm
And more about patient, carers and public involvement in research here: https://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/can-help/patients-carers-public/