What is Patient & Public Involvement?


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Definition of PPI

The term  'Patient and Public Involvement in Research means active public involvement in the research process so that the general public, as well as being the subjects of research, actually work with researchers to plan, manage, conduct and present research.

Definition of 'Public'

The Public comprises any one or more of the following:

  1. Patients

  2. Carers (Informal, unpaid)

  3. Parents/Guardians

  4. Users of Health and Social Care

  5. People with Disabilities

  6. Members of the public who are potential recipients of of health promotion programmes, public health programmes and social services

  7. Groups of people who are requesting research because they have reason to believe that they have been exposed to potentaially harmful circumstances, services or products

  8. Organsisations which represent people who use their services

The Purpose of PPI

The premise of PPI is that the involvement of the public in all aspects of the research process leads to research that is more relevant to the public's needs and concerns, is more reliable, and is more likely to be used to improve health and social care services.

PPI involvement in  research is an active partnership between the public and researchers in which the public are involved with decisions about the research, such as helping to decide what is researched, how the research should be carried out and what should be done afterwards. This can happen at any stage in the research process, and may be ongoing throughout the duration of the research project.

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