Patient & Public Involvement in research (PPI)
We are transforming care by understanding and using patient and public experience.
What is patient and public involvement?
Our quarterly newsletter features updates on the latest research, PPI updates from the NIHR, and opportunities to get involved.Read the latest issue
Public involvement in research is an active partnership between the public and researchers in the research process, not simply people being the subjects of research.
The public (PPI Contributors) include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services. Other terms for PPI Contributors include PPI representatives, patient advocate, lay researcher, public partner etc.
The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is committed to continually improving PPI, and has developed a clear strategy for how this will be taken forward.
WHY IS PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN RESEARCH 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.
Keep in touch
In partnership with NIHR CLAHRC Oxford, we produce two newsletters all about involving the public in health research, service provision or commissioning.Register for updates
Making a difference
Lay leader Karen Maskell was awarded for her work in setting up Health Makers.Find out more
How to get involved
Work with researchers to prioritise and shape research, join a project steering group, or comment on research materials.Find out more