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Harry - Interview 07

Harry took part in a trial of medication for high blood pressure. He had some side effects early on, but otherwise has been very happy with his care and how well he feels.

  • Background

    Harry is a retired post office worker, widowed with 1 adult daughter. Ethnic background/nationality: White English.

  • Age at interview 83
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Phil - Interview 11

    Phil took part in a trial of medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol. He had some side effects early on, so the medication was changed. He has been very happy with the care provided as part of the trial.

  • Background

    Phil is a retired post office worker. He is single. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 58
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Kate - Interview 13

    Kate and her husband took part in a trial comparing injections of grass pollen antigen against a placebo as a way to reduce hay fever. Kate was in the experimental group and her husband in the placebo group.

  • Background

    Kate is Operations Director for a charity. She is married with no children. Ethnic background/nationality: White New Zealander.

  • Age at interview 38
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Elvan - Interview 15

    Elvan took part in a trial of medication for hypertension. His blood pressure did not improve much, but he felt well cared for and is glad to have taken part. He has since joined another trial in the same unit.

  • Background

    Elvan is a retired post office delivery worker. He is divorced, and has 4 grown-up children. Ethnic background/nationality: Black Caribbean.

  • Age at interview 84
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Angela - Interview 23

    Angela was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease after taking part in a trial on nerve conduction. She has since been in a randomised trial of different drugs for Parkinson's and would happily take part in another trial, despite having had side effects.(Angela is also on our Parkinson's disease site, Interview 10).

  • Background

    Angela is a retired former head teacher and special needs adviser. She is married with two adult sons. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 59
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Danny - Interview 26

    Danny joined a trial of high blood pressure medication, but stopped because of side effects. She has concerns about the way some staff communicated with her and a lack of rapport and respect for her as a volunteer interested in her own health.

  • Background

    Danny is a retired teacher, who now does voluntary work with her grandchildren and their schools. She is married with 2 adult children. Ethnic background/nationality: White, mixed ethnicity.

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • David - Interview 34

    David volunteered for a placebo-controlled trial of a new treatment derived from mouse DNA to improve asthma symptoms. He later discovered he was in the group taking a lower dose of the treatment, but he would not have minded being in the placebo group.

  • Background

    David is a full-time student. He is single.

  • Age at interview 56
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Sergio - Interview 37

    Sergio has taken part in several trials, including a placebo-controlled trial of diabetes medication, and a trial of talking therapy for depression. He likes to volunteer to support medical research.

  • Background

    Sergio is a retired hospital porter. He is divorced. Ethnic background/nationality: White Hispanic.

  • Age at interview 63
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Sarah - Interview 38

    Sarah volunteered for a placebo-controlled trial of a drug intended to help women at risk of osteoporosis. It involved daily injections and eventually she dropped out of the trial. (You can see Sarah talking more about her experiences on the healthtalkonline site osteoporosis, Interview 27).

  • Background

    Sarah is a retired hospital ward clerk. She is married, with 2 grown-up children. Ethnic background/nationality: White Welsh/English.

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Female