Clinical researchers

90+% report positively in record-breaking year for national research participant survey

More than nine in 10 people would consider taking part in research again after reporting positive experiences, a new National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) study has revealed.

NIHR’s 2022/23 participant in research survey (PRES) garnered responses from over 32,600 people – this breaks down as 30,705 adults and 1,898 children and young people. The overall number represents a 27% increase on the previous year.

Of those people, 95% of adults and 96% of young people felt they were treated with courtesy and respect, with 91% and 92% respectively reporting they may participate in research again.

Research preparation was also cited as a positive, as 93% of adults and 97% of young people agreed that the information they received before taking part stood them in good stead for their future experiences.

Other results indicated that 91% of adults and 95% of young people thought their contribution was valued by researchers.

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Areas of improvement were identified as:

  • Study update information
  • Practical information like who to contact
  • How participants receive study results
  • Accessibility
  • Variations in experience between different locations

NIHR clinical research network’s head of public engagement, Angela Polanco, said: “The results of PRES allow us to share learning opportunities and examples of good practice both nationally and locally.”

She continued: “We are committed to continuing to improve PRES survey accessibility, opening it up to as many participants as possible. We want to make sure that research participants receive the information that they need, in a timely and accessible manner and that they know who to speak to if they have questions.”

More information on NIHR’s 2022/23 PRES is available here.

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