Introduction to Research
Research in the NHS and social care
Why do we do research and how is it used?
Research is valuable even if the findings suggest that a new treatment or process is not the best option - it is as helpful to know what doesn't work as well as what does work.
Research takes a long time, and it can take even longer for a new activity or treatment to become available to patients.
Participants themselves may not benefit from the results of a study, but without the selfless volunteering of participants, progress would stop and care could not improve for future patients.