The Medical Research Council is a government-funded organisation which supports high quality research with the aim of maintaining and promoting human health. The practice is a member of the Medical Research Council's General Practice Research Framework - a national group of general practices interested in research on many topics including prevention of heart disease, long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), low back pain, asthma, diabetes and assessment of elderly people.
If the practice takes part in a study we might like to pass your name, address and age, as recorded on our practice computer, to the Medical Research Council. If we do, the information will remain confidential and be used only to choose a sample of patients whom we would then contact to ask whether they would consider helping with some research. If we contacted you, you would be free to refuse to help without your medical care being affected. To choose the best sample it is important that we are able to pass everyone's details to the Medical Research Council. However, you are free to refuse permission for us to pass on your details and if you wish to do so please see one of the doctors. Thank you for all your help.