Health researcher

What are the different types of research?

There are lots of different types of research for you to take part in. Each research study requires people who meet certain criteria to take part. For example, they may need people who take a particular medication or are a certain age.

These criteria are important because they make sure the study produces the best possible results. When we contact you about a study, we will tell you the criteria the researchers are looking for.

If you do not fit these criteria you would not be able to take part. Some studies have very detailed criteria and the researcher may need to obtain information or results from your medical records.

If this is the case, the researcher will always ask your permission to contact your GP or hospital team. The researcher will tell them about the study to make sure you are suitable to take part.

We offer the following types of research opportunities:


You will receive a questionnaire via email and you will be asked to go to a website and answer some questions. Alternatively, the questionnaire will be sent to you by post. You will need to fill it in and return it in the envelope provided.

Telephone Interview

A researcher will make a telephone appointment with you. You will be asked questions over the phone about a particular aspect of your health condition.

Face to Face Interview health research

Face to Face Interview

The researcher will arrange an appointment with you to ask you some questions. The meeting could take place at a community or hospital clinic or at one of the university campuses.

Focus Group health research

Focus Group

The researcher arranges to meet a small group of people together to ask questions on a particular topic. You will be able to give your opinion and discuss the topic with other people in the group as well as the researcher.

Observational Study health research

Observational Study

This research looks at results or records from large numbers of people to see if there are any links between your health condition and things such as family history, blood or results. You may also be asked some questions. Observational studies do not involve you testing any medical equipment, tablets or medicines.

Clinical Trial – Testing Medical Equipment health research

Clinical Trial – Testing Medical Equipment

You are asked to test a piece of medical equipment and give your opinion on it. The medical equipment could be a blood pressure monitor, inhaler, a blood glucose meter or something else similar.

Clinical Trial – Existing Treatments health research

Clinical Trial – Existing Treatments

You will be asked to take a treatment (tablet or medicine) that is already available on prescription, but is being looked at again regarding the best way to use it. For example, the best dose to use or best time of day to take it.

Clinical Trial – New Treatments health research

Clinical Trial – New Treatments

You will be asked to take a treatment (tablet or medicine) that is not yet available for doctors to prescribe. The treatment will have been successfully tested in the laboratory and on healthy volunteers. It is now ready to be tested on people with your health condition.