Why we do research
Put quite simply “we do research because that’s how you get better treatment”.
Prevention and treatment of human illness and disease has evolved beyond recognition since the formation of the NHS in 1948, and much of this progress has arisen through people undertaking and participating in research.
A local example is how we treat people following strokes. The IST-3 study – in which East Kent Hospitals participated – demonstrated that the use of clot-busting, thrombolytic drugs significantly reduced disability and deaths following strokes. This and other related knowledge has led directly to a complete re-organisation of the care of, and outcomes for, people following a stroke in East Kent and across the UK.
We also undertake research because our patients and the people of East Kent have consistently told us they would like to be treated in a hospital that is research-active and to opportunities to participate in research studies. We have found that our participants have varied motivations for wanting to take part, but many do so out of a deep sense of altruism – ‘wanting to give something back’ and ‘wanting to help future generations’ are common sentiments – as well as wanting to get a better understanding of their own condition.
Finally, as an organisation we recognise that our staff want to be able to give the best possible care to all of our patients. By being research-active we will help create an environment in which being curious and innovative becomes second-nature for all of us, and will help us to attract the best people to provide the best outcome and care to the people of East Kent.
Find out more on our Get Involved page