Welsh Government

Take part in a research study

Without research, many of the treatments and types of care that we routinely receive today in the NHS wouldn’t be available.

Members of the public have an essential role to play, since without people agreeing to take part in research studies these improved treatments and care wouldn’t exist.

There are many different ways people can take part in health and social care research, including:

  • receiving a new treatment
  • answering questionnaires
  • giving researchers permission to look at your medical notes
  • giving a blood or urine sample

How can I take part in a study?

  • You can join the HealthWise Wales study if you are over 16 years old and live in Wales, everyone is invited to join!
  • If you would like to find out more about taking part in a research study for a specific condition or illness, you should speak to your doctor, nurse, or consultant.
  • You can also visit the Be Part of Research page (external link) which lists clinical trials (a type of research) currently open to recruitment in the UK.  

Remember that it is always your choice to take part in a research study and if you do decide to take part in a study, you can change your mind at any time.

Find out more about research on our frequently asked questions page.