Clinical trials are research studies that look into treatments for certain illnesses and gather information for future reference to further knowledge of those illnesses.
I am working with clinical research company, Quotient Clinical as they have a study for people with Ulcerative Colitis and are looking for participants. The purpose of this study is to see how a study drug is taken up by the body, the drug is being developed for the treatment of pain and diarrhoea in Ulcerative Colitis patients.
People choose to take part in clinical trials for many reasons, it helps increase understanding of their condition and it may benefit others in the future. As we know, there is no cure for Ulcerative Colitis and the current treatments can be very harsh on our bodies, I am a strong advocate for research and development of treatments and studies like this are a good way to seek out a better way to treat our symptoms and illness.
This study requires a few visits to their unit in Nottingham, firstly an initial screening appointment lasting 4 hours. Then there is a 2 night residential stay in a unit, two further brief 30 minute visits for sampling and then a 30 minute final follow up visit. That’s quite a lot of commitment, I know, but the group do pay £915 plus a travel allowance for your time and effort and you will have the knowledge that your participation will help future sufferers.
Studies like this aren’t for everyone, you need to think about your own personal circumstances, but for some people it will be a positive experience where they can potentially help future patients.
The NHS website give some advice on taking part in studies;
Advantages of being in a clinical trial
- The main reason for carrying out trials is to assess whether one treatment is better than another
- Trials are very important in helping find better treatments. By being involved in a trial, you’ll obtain information and evidence that may be helpful to you in the future, as well as helping the NHS provide people with the best possible standard of care
Disadvantages of being in a clinical trial
- It’s possible you’ll experience unexpected side effect
- You need to commit time to completing the study
Interested? Or know someone who might be?
The requirements are that you are aged over 18 years old, you must have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at least 4 months ago and have a BMI between 16 and 35. You must not have taken part in a clinical trial within the past three month or donated blood in the three months before the start of trial.
There are various dates in September and October and dates are flexible
For more information, go to the Quotient Clinical website and fill in the application form or contact them on 0330 303 5000 or email
Love Sam xx
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