Clinical research is the way in which we improve treatments in the NHS. In many cases doctors will tell patients about research but we also need patients to ask about it and keep research at the top of the NHS agenda.
In a recent consumer poll, only 21% of patients and the public said that they would feel confident asking their doctor about research opportunities - a low number.
That is why on International Clinical Trials Day 20 May 2013 and during the whole of 2013/14 The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is promoting the fact that it’s OK to ask about clinical research. http://www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/oktoask