A recent meeting in Dublin in November 2014 highlighted the area of public and patient involvement in research (known as PPI). PPI describes a variety of ways that researchers can engage with people for whom their research is relevant. It also plays an important role in ensuring that patients are informed about research which is relevant to them.
It’s true goal is to achieve a partnership between the public/patients and researchers ultimately leading to improved research quality, relevance and outcomes.
Following the meeting an informative report was produced by the Irish Health Research Forum (IHRF) which describes how the public and the patient can get involved in research and why this approach benefits all of society.
To read a copy of the full PPI report, see here.