Good examples where healthcare and clinical research are integrated
Clinical Trials Day, on May 20 each year, draws attention to the importance of studying and developing drugs, treatment methods and medical devices in order to develop healthcare.
At kliniskastudier.se, interviews are published with people who reflect on different perspectives on clinical research. Below is a selection of the interviews that we call "good examples".
Successful regional research – due to luck or infrastructure?
Johan Styrke is a researcher and urology specialist at Sundsvall Hospital.
– We have found a good model for carrying out medicine studies and therapy studies at units outside the large university hospital.
A lot is about the infrastructure that has been built up. Partly, it is about the decentralisation of medical training. Another important part of the infrastructure is the support provided within the framework for Clinical Studies Sweden, via the regional nodes that exist in every healthcare region.
Also, the research network has helped to ensure that studies can be conducted in several locations, and the patient base has consequently multiplied.
Increasing number of nurses with PhDs – crucial for tomorrow’s health and medical care
Susanna Ågren is a specialist intensive care nurse who has a PhD, working in a clinical research position”, which corresponds to “university nurse”.
– This gives me the opportunity to influence and strengthen nursing research at the clinic, which in turn can improve the quality of medical care and general care of patients, as well as support for their relatives. This feels both important and meaningful, says Susanna Ågren.
– It is important that we have nurses with PhDs on our wards, who can inspire and capture the ideas of colleagues, and work systematically to drive development projects, both through research, but also through various improvements.
– As a nurse with a PhD, your chances also increase of receiving research funding for projects that can reinforce the importance of nursing in the healthcare chain, for patients and their relatives.
I saw several benefits to be included in a clinical study
Håkan has worked as a nurse and director in the healthcare sector for more than 40 years. For a couple a years ago, he became a patient when he was diagnosed with spread prostate cancer.
– I see it as a privilege to be able to be involved in and contribute to research. As a patient, you are also very vulnerable, it felt safe to have close contact with the medical care and at the same time be given the opportunity for a good follow-up, says Håkan.
– It feels meaningful to contribute, the research is concrete and aimed at helping patients in the form of better diagnostics and treatment.