Why is Research Important?

Research is essential to find out which treatments work better for patients. It plays an important role in discovering new treatments, and making sure that we use existing treatments in the best possible ways. Research can find answers to things that are unknown, filling gaps in knowledge and changing the way that healthcare professionals work. Some of the common aims for conducting research studies are to:

  • Diagnose diseases and health problems
  • Prevent the development or recurrence of disease and reduce the number of people who become ill
  • Treat illness to improve survival rates or increase the number of people who are cured
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with illness

Research and clinical trials are an everyday part of the NHS. People being cared for in the NHS benefit from past research, and continue to benefit from research that is currently being carried out. Ultimately, high-quality clinical research helps the NHS to improve future healthcare.

What does research mean to us?

Staff from the R&D department recently celebrated International Clinical Trials Day, and spent the day raising awareness of the importance of clinical research. Here’s what our staff said when we asked them what research is and why it is so important: