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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 different from people taking part in research studies.

Anyone can take part in PPI - patients (current and recovered), members of the public, carers, people who use health services as well as those from organisations that represent people who use services all have valuable experience and insight to bring to research.

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is committed to continually improving and developing its PPI, and is in the process of producing an updated strategy to demonstrate this.

WHY IS PPi important?

PPI in health research is important for a number of reasons:

  • Patients and the public are experts with lived experience that can make research more relevant and ensure it addresses the things that matter to people.
  • PPI can help to ensure research is more ethical and accessible.
  • Lots of research is funded by public money, so people have a right to a say in how it is spent.
  • Funders are increasingly demanding high quality, appropriate PPI in applications.

PPI Leads