Trevor - EUROASPIRE V Study
Trevor Cotton from Shropshire, was invited by his GP practice to take part in EUROASPIRE, which explores the management of coronary patients and individuals at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in primary care, with regards to their lifestyle and use of drug therapies.
What did Trevor have to say?
'Two years ago I was asked to take part in a study by my GP surgery. I think it was something to do with the skin. However, I didn’t follow it up but when I had the letter through the post asking me if I’d like to take part in this study I was keen to be a participant. I spoke to my son who said it would be a brilliant opportunity, as he worries about my blood pressure.
'I was a little nervous at first as I didn’t know how the research staff would be and was not sure what would be happening, but the research staff were brilliant making me feel very relaxed.
'I received some information through the post about the research and it was easy enough to understand. I read that I needed to have some blood taken, which I wasn’t worried about and I knew it would be taken three times over a couple of hours. I rang the surgery and made an appointment and the day I was asked to attend I didn’t have any work booked as I am self-employed, so I didn’t lose any money as such.
'They asked me not to eat anything and to only drink water but to take my normal tablets. I only live a short distance from the surgery so I walked. The appointment took just over two hours and I would not hesitate to take part in another research study and would encourage people to do the same.'