Significant Rise in Clinical Trial Participants at Whether Milton Keynes NHS Research

Jul 3, 2019 | Milton Keynes, Patient Engagement, Patient Recruitment, UK

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The number of Milton Keynes participants in NHS research studies supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has risen by more than 50%

Just released, figures show that the number was 4,952 participants in NIHR-supported research in Milton Keynes in 2018-2019 compared to 3,232 in the previous year. Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust recruited 4,395 participants to 53 NIHR-backed studies in 2018/19 compared to 2,788 the previous year.

In community settings (such as GP practices), a further 557 participants were involved in 10 trials compared to 444 the previous year.

Studies taking place in Milton Keynes’ NHS include:

  • Giving women with breast cancer extra surgery to the armpit is necessary if the disease has spread there.
  • A blood test to detect if newborns are at risk of developing type 1 diabetes. 
  • Trials of painkillers for chronic pelvic pain in women. 
  • Testing a new electrocardiogram (ECG) to help doctors identify the cause of chest pains faster and more accurately. 

Lead Research/Investigator

Professor Simon Bowman, Research Director


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