A series of short films have been developed which explored the subject of the barriers and enablers to involvement in research studies from the perspective of the professionals, public and patients. Playwrights used conversations from the workshops to create fictional stories and the stories have been performed by actors.
They were produced in partnership with Theatre of Debate and the University of Leeds. They aim to:
- Help members of the public understand the role that clinical trial research will play in helping to end the COVID-19 pandemic
- Demonstrate that it is useful to discuss taking part in research studies with friends and family
- Explain the process of giving your permission to take part
- Encourage as many different communities to take part, to help ensure we find a treatment for everyone
Building on from the COVID and Me series, an additional series was developed to support all communities in understanding the importance of taking part in vaccine studies and getting an approved vaccine. In particular, those who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 such as Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, older people, and those with existing health conditions and our poorest communities.
The COVID and Me Vaccine Dramas can be found here. You may wish to view the videos by yourself, or as part of a wider group discussion or training session to talk about some of the issues facing communities over the past few months.