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Published: 11 May 2023

Three researchers at St George’s, University of London - Dr Kathryn Biddle, Anna Blundell and Professor Nidhi Sofat - have published Understanding Clinical Research, a book which guides healthcare professionals through the vital elements that underpin clinical research.

Understanding Clinical Research supports people with how to develop research questions, design and appraise research studies, and disseminate their findings. It delves into key areas which are crucial for successful clinical research, including how to source research funding, incorporating public and patient involvement, selecting the appropriate statistics, ethical considerations and research integrity.

The book shines a light on numerous case studies to showcase real-life examples of what it is like to be a trainee, and how combining clinical work with research can lead to a varied and fruitful career.

Combining academia with medicine

Professor Nidhi Sofat, Professor or Rheumatology and George’s Academic Training Lead at St George’s Institute for Infection and Immunity, said:

“Over the last few years, clinical research has been a crucial driving force behind significant developments in new treatments for medicine, surgery and primary care. But many budding researchers don’t know where to start – entering the world of research can seem daunting."

“This book is aimed at practising clinicians and medical students who want to take that next leap forward to explore combining a career in academia with medicine. It also provides a wealth of information to the practising clinician and researcher who needs to appraise and consider these developments in evaluating best practice.”

- Professor Nidhi Sofat -

The book embodies the Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Research Skills and Methods at St George's, which is Co-Directed by Professor Nidhi Sofat and Dr Mat Paul. It can also be used to accompanying other PGCert and Masters courses in clinical research, and for those who are embarking on PhD studies.

Get your copy now

Understanding Clinical Research is now available to buy on Amazon and Scion Publishing.

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