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Salisbury Medical Practice is a practice which hosts research activities. This means that you may be asked to participate in research studies. You do not have to take part and if you decline your normal medical care will not be affected.


Research is a front line service offering improved experiences and outcomes for patients, along with new and improved treatments backed by scientific research. It provides innovative and efficient services with increased skills amongst NHS professionals.

Research is a core part of the NHS which helps to improve the NHS’s current and future health service for patients.

    • High quality research stops us making assumptions and ensures we have supporting evidence that helps us provide better care for patients.
    • It makes a vital contribution to the improvement of the NHS.
    • At Salisbury Medical Practice we are an RCGP research ready practice which is part of the primary care research network which is an organisation that is used by the NHS to conduct research.
    • Participation in studies is completely voluntary and would not affect any further treatment you may have with us.
    • We use DOCMAIL to send out the mail to the participates, this is a secure mailing service which helps us send out large numbers of letters to patients saving us valuable time where we could focus more time on serving patients. DOCMAIL is compliant with data protection laws and they will only have your name and address which is not passed on to any third parties and is destroyed after 28 days.


Practice involvement in research

Research studies help to answer specific questions about health and health care. For example;

    • Whether new treatments or ways of organising services are effective (do they work?)
    • Whether those treatments or services are cost-effective (do they give value for money?)
    • How different health problems develop and progress over time – to help gain a better understanding of that health problem
    • The views of patients and health professionals about a particular treatment, intervention or service and how they might be improved.

What does this mean for you, the patient?

There are different ways that patients can become involved in studies our Practice is participating in.

    • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about the study and ask whether you would consider taking part or
    • You will be sent information through the post if we feel that you might be a suitable participant
    • You may read information on the website about a current study and wish to take part by contacting the practice

Patients who express an interest in finding out more about a study will be asked for their permission to share their name and contact details with the study team. Some studies require direct contact between participants and the team; others involve contact through a member of practice staff or with a Primary Care Research Network research nurse.


Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the right to say ‘No’. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to. You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part.

  • Your care and your relationship with your doctor or nurse will not be affected in any way if you decide not to take part in a research study
  • You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. The practice will usually provide you with a patient information sheet; then, if you agree to take part, the study team will explain the study to you in more detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about it
  • Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent. If you do agree to take part in a study, you will be asked to sign a consent form – this will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research


You will not be asked to take part in a large number of studies. Most researchers are very specific about the criteria that people need to meet in order to enter their study. Usually this means that only a relatively small number of patients at the practice will be suitable for any one study.

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