Developing Research with Primary Care
To recruit to new research studies and clinical trials opening locally and how to keep abreast of the changes wrought by reforms taking place within the National Health Service, an opportunity arose for a project in East Anglia to address challenges in this through the advent of a new Primary Care Dementia Practitioner (PCDP) role. The chance to work with them from inception was seized to raise awareness about research with a group tasked with identifying and diagnosing memory problems in patients.
- Realise that, although roles and responsibilities may be subject to change, the value in relationship building and networking across the local area can be invaluable in the long run
- Recognise that an approach for consent into a research study or clinical trial may be difficult around the time of diagnosis as this can be a stressful and upsetting time for the patient
- Consider using Join Dementia Research materials tailored to the patients