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Letters Participating in research

Patients deserve more than a “Thank you”

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 01 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4522
  1. Hasnain M Dalal, honorary clinical lecturer1,
  2. Jenny Wingham, research nurse2,
  3. Philip Evans, senior clinical research fellow3,
  4. Rod Taylor, associate professor of healthcare research4,
  5. John Campbell, professor of primary care3
  1. 1Peninsula Medical School (Primary Care), Truro TR1 3HD
  2. 2R&D Directorate, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro TR1 3HD
  3. 3Peninsula Medical School (Primary Care), Exeter EX1 2LU
  4. 4PenTAG/Primary Care, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter EX 5DW
  1. hmdalal{at}

    Not only are researchers poor at acknowledging the contribution of research participants,1 we are also bad at communicating research results. Patients are rarely told about the results of studies in which they have taken part. A survey from North America reported that although 72% of clinicians thought that patients wanted to know the results of research, only 25% of them were …

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