Involving people affected with asthma
Involving patients in research is about far more than just simply asking them to participate in trials for new treatments or interventions.
Asthma UK involves people affected by asthma at all stages of our research programme; from telling us what the priorities for research should be to help shape our research strategy, to selecting which research applications to us should be funded, to guiding researchers in external projects.
It's important to ensure that all of the research funded in asthma is going to have the biggest possible impact and benefit for people with asthma. Involving people with asthma, and parents of children with asthma, in making the decisions about how money is spent and in supporting researchers with their perspectives is an incredibly important part of that. Studies have shown that involving people in this way increases the likelihood of the success of some research projects, too, making them better value for money.
Working to involve people affected by asthma allows us to be a part of projects that are funded by others, too this means that the expertise that people with asthma have from living with the condition can be used to influence much more research than we are able to fund ourselves.
We have a range of different activities that people affected by asthma can be involved in and we welcome your input and perspectives for our research programme, and projects that we're partners on.
We do also publicise trials that are seeking participants but that's just the tip of the iceberg of how you can shape asthma research for the benefit of the 1 in 11 people in the UK with asthma, and globally.
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