The most recent figures on participation in clinical trials show that by end of third quarter 2016-17, Reproductive Health & Childbirth outperformed all other specialty areas in the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN).
62,429 participants were recruited into high quality clinical studies. These include over 160 ongoing studies covering a wide range of areas in women’s health funded by leading research charities and councils including NIHR, MRC, Wellcome, Wellbeing for Women, Tommies, WHO, and EU.
Mr Nigel Simpson, NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, commented:
‘These figures reflect several factors: the shared interest to improve women’s health by both women and the professionals who care for them; the relevance of the study areas such as the health of the mother and baby in pregnancy or of women in post-reproductive life; and the tremendous effort of research teams throughout the NHS in delivering these studies to time and target.’