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Patient and PPI case studies

Patient participation in research studies

Through research, we can help meet the NHS and UH Bristol's primary objective, to improve patient care. However, we can only achieve this with the help of our patients. Without them our research could not go ahead. Over 5,000 patients took part in trials and research last year in UH Bristol hospitals. Clinical trials often need many participants to find out which treatments are likely to be the most effective for the majority of the population.

All clinical research taking place in UH Bristol undergoes a thorough ethical and scientific review process, which ensures that patients and the public can have confidence in, and benefit from, excellent quality research in health and social care.

Patient experiences of taking part in clinical research studies:

Paediatric Cardiac Research

Positive impact of clinical trial at Bristol Eye Hospital



Renal Denervation Study


High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU) Trial



There are many different ways in which you can be involved, whether you want to help shape research or take part in it. How to get involved in research;

  • Ask any member of your clinical team about our research and how you can make a difference.
  • Search the 'UK Clinical Trials Gateway'     
  • Visit the National Institute for Health Research website for more information
  • Patient and Public Involvement - - NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Centre