Our CTU work in collaboration with members of the public and patients (PPIs) in all aspects of our research
The “public” refers to patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health and social care services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services. Patients and the public contribute to our research in the following ways:
- Involvement – where people are actively involved in research projects and in research organisations
- Participation – where people take part in a research study
- Engagement – where information and knowledge about research is shared with the public
We value collaboration with PPIs as they give an “expert” insight into individual research projects because of their experiences of living with a particular condition or using health services. This “lived experience” enables us to get a fuller understanding of the condition being studied. They can also challenge research that may be driven by the interests of pharmaceutical companies or individual researchers.
If you would like to contribute to research as a PPI please contact us or if you want to learn more about the PPI role, please visit the INVOLVE website.