Who carries out research?
Research can be carried out by many different people, but generally researchers are the doctors and healthcare professionals who treat you.
Volunteers can get involved at different stages of research and can do a variety of things to help. You might even be able to conduct your own research if you’re involved in an organisation that has links to the medical community; for example a support group might be asked to conduct research that involves sending out a questionnaire to their members.
Where is research done?
A lot of research will be carried out in local health centres, but some studies will be based in hospitals, universities, research centres and other places. Some people participate in research from their own homes through telephone interviews or written questionnaires.