Why Join Us
Great question, and you should ask it.
If you just want information to read about clinical trials, then our public pages as well as many other websites can give you that information. No need to join.
But, if you want to make it more personal, ask questions, get involved, support yourself and others, share experiences, make a difference, be part of a community helping develop better treatments more quickly by shaping and improving clinical trials, then that’s why you should join.
That’s why Research4Me is different. We don’t just provide information and expect you to go on your merry way to figure it out by yourself. We provide a place for community, for connections, for real life answers and sharing of experiences relating to clinical trials and public involvement in them, for getting involved.
You don’t need to do this on your own. Ask those that have been there, done that, and share your own experiences with those asking.
The public, patients, carers, trial participants –> Join to ask questions, share your experiences, and find opportunities to get involved and help improve clinical trials.
Those developing treatments and running trials –> Join to be part of a conversation with the public about trials, and connect with peers to find and explore best practices for recruiting and collaborating with the public in your trials.
We have an open community for all members, and private communities for conversations relevant for specific groups. Talk to us if you’d like us to host your own private research-focussed community.
Why didn’t we just set up a Facebook Group to do this?
Yes, that would have been far easier and cheaper. But, we don’t know what Facebook could do with the information you share, and we value your right to privacy too highly. So instead, we have invested in building a closed community in which we hope you will feel safe to ask questions and share information that might sometimes be quite personal, without wondering who might access that information.
It’s free because everyone should have equal opportunity to take part in and collaborate to improve clinical trials. Join to learn about clinical trials before you need to, to show you’re open to hearing of opportunities to get involved, to get support and be supported. This community is here when you need it, and you just don’t know when that might be.
Speeding up access to better treatments is something we can all help do – not just researchers. Members of the public are making a difference every day through their participation and collaboration in clinical trials. In some cases, they are organising and driving the research themselves. Researchers work very hard to make a difference, but they need you to get involved, to help speed up research and make sure they are designing products and trials that are appropriate, relevant, and a good experience for people.
Ultimately it is members like you that will shape what the Research4Me community will be.
Put up your hand to join the many others from different walks of life, different ages, different experience to get the clinical trial support you need and help find better treatments faster.