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ELM Group – Primary Care Research

Primary Care Research Facts

ELM Group practice is actively involved in clinical research and always recruiting patients to participate. Research is important because it helps to improve your healthcare by finding out which treatments work best, and by discovering new ways of treating illness.

Over 500,000 people took part in research in England last year.

Research is carried out in different formats:

• Completing a questionnaire
• Requesting the use of your anonymised data
• Taking part in an interview
• Testing new treatments, interventions or devices
• Experiencing new combinations of treatment

Who are the Primary Care Research Network

The mission of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the research arm of the NHS, is to maintain a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

The Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) is one of eight national research networks working together with the Comprehensive Local Research Networks (CLRN) to provide a wide range of support to the local research community. Our Practice participates in research activity and works closely with the Primary Care Research Network, allowing more opportunities for more patients to be involved in research should they wish.

By building on and extending existing academic and service partnerships, research collaboration across the East of England is further strengthened.

The PCRN also helps our practice by supporting us to recruit and take part in clinical studies through their locally based research nurses and network coordinators.