This part of our website contains information on Fifth Sense’s involvement in research into smell and taste disorders.

Fifth Sense Research Strategy

An overview of how we are developing our involvement in research into smell and taste disorders

Our Current
Research Projects

Visit this page for information on current and forthcoming research projects, including those that require volunteers.

Research Outcomes

Here you can find information on the outcomes of research projects relating to smell and taste-related disorders.  The studies detailed below are those in which, generally speaking, Fifth Sense and our members have been involved.

April 2015 – An Investigation of Repeated Surgery in Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis

A paper based on the outcomes of the CRS epidemiology study (details below) looks at the burden on patients, i.e. repeated operations, and the NHS, i.e. costs.  A lay summary can be read by clicking here.

February 2015 – Feasibility study: Clarithromycin for Chronic Rhinosinusitis

This was an initial feasibility study to determine whether clarithromycin, an antibiotic, could be beneficial to patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis.  The lay summary, published in February 2015, can be read here.

November 2014 – Chronic Rhinosinusitis Epidemiology Study

This study investigated the factors that can influence the severity of Chronic Rhinosinusitis, which as a major cause of anosmia/hyposmia.  A Fifth Sense-produced summary of the findings can be viewed here.

September 2014 – The Impact of Olfactory Disorders in the UK

Using the data obtained from Fifth Sense’s ‘Quality of Life Impact of Olfactory Disorders’ survey amongst its members, a research paper was produced by Mr Carl Philpott and Duncan Boak to demonstrate the impact that olfactory disorders have on people’s lives.  This was published in the Chemical Senses in September 2014 (link here).  A Fifth Sense-produced summary of the findings can be read here.

Volunteering for Involvement in Research as a PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) Representative 

Visit this page to find out how you can become a Fifth Sense PPI volunteer and be involved in the development and delivery of research.