Everything we do in healthcare – every tablet that’s prescribed, every treatment that’s given and every test that’s performed – has to be first discovered and then thoroughly evaluated before it can be put into practice. This discovery and evaluation is done in a variety of ways, which collectively we call “research.” And research that involves people, we call “clinical research.”
If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating process, then we encourage you to sing up for FutureLearn’s free online course, “Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research“, starting in early November.
Over four weeks, you will hear from different members of a research team, including academics and clinicians from the National Institute of Health Research and the University of Leeds. You will also hear from the ordinary people who have participated in clinical research studies.
The course will include case studies covering topics such as how research is helping to find new ways of treating and providing care for some of the major diseases including cancer and dementia. The course will also focus on the important ethical questions raised by clinical research and take a look into the future.
By the end, you will have a much better understanding of not only the challenges of conducting clinical research, but also the enormous benefits that it can offer to modern healthcare.
To find out more about the course and to sign up, please visit the FutureLearn website.