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Research & Development

Overview of Clinical Research at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Participating in Research

Most research in the NHS involves our patients, and is usually referred to as clinical research. Clinical research is at the heart of the NHS and an everyday part of the work done at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. There are different kinds of research, including clinical trials, observational studies and laboratory research.

Why is clinical research important?

We know a great deal about health, disease and medicines, but there is still a lot we don’t understand. Research can help fill gaps in medical knowledge and find answers to the things we don’t know to provide better care for our patients in the future. Research leads to better diagnosis, more effective treatments, and improved results in patient care. High quality research is essential for improving health and healthcare. Research is currently taking place in the following departments in the hospital:

  • Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Children
  • Critical Care
  •  Dementias and neurodegeneration
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Health services and delivery research
  • Hepatology
  • Injuries and emergencies
  • Infectious diseases and microbiology
  • Mental Health
  • Neurological disorders
  • Metabolic & Endocrine disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Oral & Gastrointestinal
  • Paediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Stroke
  • Surgery

Information for Patients and Visitors

» View the latest information for patients and visitors - Summer 2015

For more information please contact the Research and Development office, telephone numbers here.

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