The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has announced that a record number of patients are now taking part in clinical trials.
The report states that over 870,250 participants were involved in health and social care studies supported by the organisation over the last twelve months, marking a huge increase from last year and the equivalent of 2,383 per day.
The key areas of research included children’s research studies, which recruited 81,892 patients, reproductive health and childbirth research, which recruited 74,128 patients and studies delivered in primary care settings, which recruited 78,533 people.
Not only are a record number of patients being recruited, but a record number of new studies are also open for patients in England, and are delivered at every NHS trust across the country. 2,194 were added to the NIHR’s portfolio over the year, bringing the total number of ongoing studies across England to an impressive 6,106.
The organisation also stated that for the first time since 2015/16, every NHS trust across the country also supported clinical research by recruiting their patients into NIHR studies.
The NIHR are “delighted” at the figures, with Dr Jonathan Sheffield, chief executive of the NIHR Clinical Research Network commenting: “The benefits that clinical research bring to society are profound. People who take part in studies can gain access to cutting edge, innovative new treatments.
“While NHS trusts and health and social care patients also benefit significantly, with evidence and innovations identified through research pivotal to the development of new types of care and treatment - ultimately leading to the prevention of ill health, earlier diagnosis, faster recovery and better outcomes.”
The number marks a significant step towards the NHS Long Term Plan’s goal of one million people taking part in clinical research by 2023/24 - part of the Government’s strategy to improve care, treatment and NHS services in England.