A new series of  films released by the NIHR is exploring people’s experience of COVID-19 research. The stories in the films are fictional but based on the real experience of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical research is playing a key role in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control.  The UK is delivering pioneering research studies into COVID-19, including to develop treatments and vaccines.

We need as many people as possible, from every part of the UK’s population to consider taking part in these studies and help the NHS find the solution.

To illustrate how people from different communities have been affected by the pandemic and to underline the importance of COVID-19 research, the NIHR have created seven short films to tell stories based on real patient experiences and conversations.

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.

You can contact the NIHR if you have any questions about how to use the monologues or for any additional information or material you may need.

These short films were informed by a series of workshops 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

These films are fictional pieces of storytelling drama funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The content of each film is an artistic interpretation based on authentic patient voices and therefore, the views expressed are not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care or the collaborating organisations.

It is always your decision to take part in a research study. So that you can make a fully informed decision about whether to take part, the research team will provide you with full information about the research, including the risks. While all research in the UK has to follow strict safety and ethical standards, every drug or treatment has some risks and the research team will inform you about these.