Nurses are fundamental to the functioning of clinical trials

Nicola Davies explains the three distinct elements of the nurse’s role and how best to approach it

Nicola Davies explains the three distinct elements of the nurse’s role and how best to approach it.

Abstract

Better approaches to screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease are made possible by the research findings from clinical trials.

Whether these trials are for a new drug, device or care delivery system, the reality is that nurses, not doctors or other clinicians, run them.

The success of clinical trials is judged by the quality of data collected, which depends to a great extent on the engagement of the participants – a responsibility that often falls to nurses. To ensure you meet this and the other requirements of clinical research, remember the following points.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Making the trial run' in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 8

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