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HRA probes public opinions on research participation

The Health Research Authority has launched a month-long public-engagement exercise to understand better the attitudes of UK citizens to taking part in clinical trials.

The HRA is inviting the public to contribute to debates on issues such as who should be allowed access to patient records in order to find people who might be interested in taking part in a study; whether there are alternative ways of approaching patients to invite them to take part in a study; and whether a different level of consent should be used for trials involving treatments that are already being used in the NHS.

Various workshops are taking place throughout England and Wales, which are fully booked, but members of the public can voice their opinions at www.rphr.org.uk or on Twitter at @rphrdialogue. 

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