Research is an important part of the service we provide. We may ask if you are interested in learning more about research and offer opportunities to take part in research when you are seen at the hospital. Below are details of a few studies that are currently open to our patients.
Covid-19 in Care Homes
This study is looking at the immune response to Covid-19 in older adults living in care homes. You’ll complete a short questionnaire and have one blood sample taken which is tested for antibodies to Covid-19. It is hoped the study will help us better understand the spread of Covid-19 in care home residents.
Cholinesterase inhibitors are drugs that are currently used to treat memory problems in people with Parkinson’s disease, but it has been shown that they also have the potential to reduce the number of falls in patients who take them. This trial looks to determine whether cholinesterase inhibitors can prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease and whether this treatment is cost effective. Patients who take part in the trial are randomly assigned to receive either the drug or a placebo (dummy drug), and are followed up for a year while on the trial.
There is the opportunity for primary carers of participants to take part in a sub-study assessing the impact of treatment on the participant’s care needs on carers. The sub-study involves completing a questionnaire at each visit throughout the year.