Public views on medical research
Our Monitor survey explores the public's thoughts on medical research, science and health. Every three years we survey hundreds of people across the UK.
The most recent survey took place in 2015.
Why we run Monitor
We're interested in trends in knowledge and views, including:
- how interested people are in science and medical research
- what the public know about science and medical research
- how people hear about medical research.
We also ask about specific topics like:
- antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
- how we decide what to eat and drink
- access to patient data records.
The survey results help inform what we do in policy, education and public engagement. The questionnaires, datasets and technical reports from the survey are available for anyone to use.
Wave 3 (2015)
- Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 3 summary report [PDF 442KB]
- Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 3 full report [PDF 1.8MB]
- Looking for medical research information [PDF 72KB]
- Public trust in medical research [PDF 64KB]
- Value of science in everyday life [PDF 102KB]
- Understanding antibiotic resistance [PDF 640KB]
- What’s important to us when deciding what to eat and drink [PDF 74KB]
- Engagement with medical research [PDF 81KB]
- Cultural and informal science experiences [PDF 73KB]
Wave 2 (2012)
- Wellcome Trust Monitor: Wave 2 [PDF 5.1MB]
- Results for each question broken down by demographic [XLS 2.6MB]
Wave 1 (2009)
Several publications have used data from the first two waves, including:
- Religious beliefs, knowledge about science and attitudes towards medical genetics (2013)
- Exploring young people's views on science education [PDF 713KB]
- Exploring public discourses about emerging technologies through statistical clustering of open-ended survey questions (2013)
- Understanding support for complementary and alternative medicine in general populations: use and perceived efficacy (2013)
- Incommensurable worldviews? Is public use of complementary and alternative medicines incompatible with support for science and conventional medicine? (2013)