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The Department of Health has funded a national diabetes network to support clinical research. The network will facilitate recruitment into clinical trials and has been widely welcomed by clinicians. However, if the network is to reach its full potential, all those involved will need to advocate a change in attitude towards clinical trials and research, encouraging participation and contribution of data. Clinicians need to be willing to take a proactive view about research studies, and to encourage patients to adopt a positive and altruistic attitude towards trial participation. The future of trials and other important clinical research in the UK may depend on it.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1464-5491.2007.02005.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Diabet Med

Publication Date

01/2007

Volume

24

Pages

7 - 9

Keywords

Attitude to Health, Biomedical Research, Clinical Trials as Topic, Diabetes Mellitus, Government Programs, Humans, Patient Participation