Written by Kevin Jacob.
A pilot a scheme is taking place in north-east London and the south-west and north-west of England which aims to offer 25,000 patients, with any form of diabetes, the chance to take part in clinical trials or other forms of research. The recruitment drive likened to a kind of “dating agency” seeks to match up thousands of diabetes patients with research projects aimed at finding a cure for the disease.
Diabetes UK estimates that about 10% of the total NHS budget across the UK is spent on illnesses related to the disease and despite the 2.8 million people in the UK known to have diabetes is less than 1% are taking part in clinical trials compared to approximately 30% of cancer patients. Part of the reason researchers have found it hard to find diabetes patients are that most only see their GP.
Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, said: “This is a huge opportunity for people with diabetes to play their part in crucial research that is piecing together the gaps in our knowledge and in our understanding of the condition. “This exciting campaign will help future generations of people diagnosed with this serious, life-long condition and help us take a step further to a future without diabetes.”
This could prove to be a very exciting opportunity for the future of health research!
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