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Promoting inclusivity by ensuring that all patients with mental health issues are offered research opportunities in the NHS
  1. Catherine Henshall1,2,
  2. Helen Jones1,
  3. Tanya Smith1,
  4. Andrea Cipriani1,3
  1. 1 Research and Development Department, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
  3. 3 Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catherine Henshall, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford OX3 0BP, Oxfordshire, UK; chenshall{at}

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Research-active clinical services have lower mortality rates and produce higher quality care outcomes, however, recruiting participants to clinical research in the National Health System (NHS) remains challenging.1 A recent study, assessing the feasibility of clinical staff electronically documenting patient consent to discuss research participation, indicated very low patient uptake, limiting its effectiveness as a strategy for improving access to research.2 A follow-on study comparing this ‘opt-in’ approach with an ‘opt-out’ approach, whereby patients are informed about research opportunities unless they indicate otherwise, found that patients and staff favoured an ‘opt-out’ approach and wanted research to be more accessible.3

Subsequently, in August 2021, Count me In was developed and launched within Oxford Health …

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  • Contributors CH drafted the letter; HJ, TS and AC critically revised it; all authors approved the final version.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Disclaimer The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK National Health Service, the NIHR, or the UK Department of Health.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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