It's OK to ask...

by Dr Sabine Best
Research Manager

Marie Curie is one of many organisations around the country that are supporting “It’s OK to ask” – a new campaign led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a body funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.

The “It’s OK to ask about clinical research” campaign launches today [20 May] on International Clinical Trials Day, and is aimed at encouraging patients and their carers to ask their doctors about clinical research and whether it is right for them.

As a leading end of life care charity, Marie Curie is committed to increasing the knowledge and understanding of ways to improve the care that patients receive at the end of life.  Over the last few years we have taken forward a number of funding activities, both independently and in partnership with other organisations, to expand our research portfolio in end of life care.  We could not achieve this important work without the dedication of our own staff and the researchers we fund around the UK, and the patients, families and carers who volunteer to participate.

Research shows that patients and their carers are happy to participate in end of life care research studies if they are carefully designed and conducted sensitively. Every year, our expert panel chooses the best studies submitted to the Marie Curie Research Programme for funding and every year we hear about results from end of life care research at our annual research conference, which we run jointly with the Royal Society of Medicine.  Eight of our hospices are participating in at least one research project and we are committed to ensuring that research findings impact on how care is delivered at the end of life.

That’s why Marie Curie is supporting and promoting the fact that it’s OK to for patients to ask about clinical research and for clinicians to be ready to talk to patients about potential research activities.

Read about the research projects we are funding to make a difference to end of life care.

Further information on the OK to ask campaign can be found online at