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The Critical Care Research Group involve patients and the public throughout all phases of research.

WHAT IS PATIENT AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN RESEARCH?

Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is an active partnership between patients/public and researchers in the research process. It is not simply people taking part in research studies.

PPI collaborators include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services. There are many terms for PPI contributors such as PPI representatives, patient advocate, lay researcher, public partner - you may prefer another description.

We aim to involve PPI collaborators throughout all phases of our research and to continually improve our PPI processes.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

PPI contributors can make a difference to health research by:

  • identifying new topics for research and ensuring that topics are relevant to patients, carers and members of the public.
  • making sure that researchers ask the right questions and in a way that the public understand.
  • keeping the research on track so that it stays relevant.
  • making sure the people being researched are approached in the right way.
  • improving the quality of the research by adding another point of view to the design and way that the research is carried out.

GETTING INVOLVED

We work with patients, potential patients, carers, people who use health services, interested members of the public and people from organisations that represent people who use services, such as charities. We call people who help us in this way PPI contributors.

If you would like to get involved please contact us at: