As a practice we are keen to take part in medical research, as it may further our understanding and help with medical developments in the long term. We never do this in isolation, but take part in research projects, which are being organised nationally. They usually involve something quite specific, like testing the urine in an unwell child or taking further details from somebody with a cough. If there is a situation in which your data is used and is traceable to yourself then consent is sought. You never have to agree to something unless you want to.