Many patients voluntarily take part in research in clinical trials to get a better understanding of how to treat their condition.
Living with reflux? There are currently more than 40 trials aimed at people in the UK who are suffering from the condition, according to the UK Clinical Trials Gateway (UKCTG).
What are clinical trials?
Researchers typically hold clinical trials to test the way drugs work for specific conditions or to study new medical devices and reactions to changes in lifestyle.
According to the NHS, more than half a million people take part in trials every year in the UK.
Are they safe?
Taking part in a trial could potentially deliver great benefits to you but it may also involve some inconvenience or risk.
Anyone that runs a clinical trial must comply with legal obligations outlined in the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004.
According to the National Institute for Health, which launched the UKCTG in 2011, trials are designed to keep risk to a minimum, with participants carefully assessed to ensure they are suitable and are monitored carefully throughout.
You can find out more about what is involved in taking part in trials at the NHS Advice website.
What reflux trials are available?
The UKCTG lists the latest information about clinical trials that are relevant to patients of specific conditions.
Current trials include a study, supported by Cancer Research UK, looking at a screening tool called cytosponge for the condition Barrett’s Oesophagus. It looks to test the performance, safety and effectiveness of the cytosponge test.
Another trial is looking to research the effect of proton pump inhibitor treatment on throat symptoms.
You can find out more information about reflux trials for UK patients at the UKCTG website .