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  • Glenn Hearson

David’s experience of participating in a COPD clinical trial

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

David participated in the INCOGNITO trial which is a partnership between Professor Dominick Shaw at Nottingham City Hospital and Dr James Chalmers at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

What was the purpose of this trial?

The trial compared two different inhalers that are both licensed for treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and monitored each participant for 6 months.

Hi David. Can you begin by telling us about your experience with COPD?

I was diagnosed 20 years ago by actually taking part in an asthma trial for a pharmaceutical company. A doctor and her colleague told me I had COPD!

What sort of impact has COPD had on your day-to-day life?

Nothing! Learnt to live with it as it’s crept up so slowly that I’ve not noticed it.

And how did you hear about our unit and research in general?

I read it in the Nottingham Post. And I thought, it might not do me any harm but will do some good for someone later.

Have you been involved in research previously?

I’ve been involved in 2 research projects at this Trust but not this unit. And I was involved in a project with Professor Harrison and this one [at the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit].

What made you want to take part in this particular trial?

Well, I thought I’ve got nothing else to do, I’m retired and I’ve got plenty of time, [so] why not!

Would you participate in research again?


Any advice for any people wanting to take part in research in the future?

Yes. Go into it with an open mind as it may help you.

Have you enjoyed any particular aspects?

Coming in and having a laugh with you!

Anything else you’d like to add before we wrap up?

You’ve all been very good, explained things very well, [and] gave me [information] leaflets to read.

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