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Joanna Crocker

MBiochem (Oxon), PhD

Research Fellow

  • OxBRC Research Fellow in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Impact Assessment
  • Junior Research Fellow, Health Experiences Institute (HEXI)
  • Research Associate, Green Templeton College
Biography

I joined the department in February 2014 as a Research Fellow funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (OxBRC). My work centres around evaluating and assessing the impact of patient and public involvement (PPI) in research. PPI is increasingly regarded as a vital component of medical and health research and can be a pre-requisite for obtaining research funding, but the evidence base for its benefits is currently weak. We need to develop more rigorous methods to capture fully whether, under what circumstances, and to what extent, PPI in research leads to better research and is ultimately beneficial to patients.

I lead PIRRIST project, which will develop and evaluate a PPI ‘complex intervention’ aimed at enhancing recruitment and retention in surgical trials. I am also conducting a systematic review of the impact of PPI on recruitment and retention of participants in clinical trials. I recently completed a mixed methods study evaluating a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership, and a qualitative study of PPI contributors’ views on the value and impact of PPI in research – part of the HealthTalk project about PPI in research. I am involved in developing a PPI strategy for the department and NIHR CLAHRC Oxford, and am a member of the MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research - Recruitment Working Group. I am also involved in teaching at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and lead the department's Complex Interventions Journal Club.

Previously, I completed a Masters in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and a PhD in Public Health at Cardiff University, and carried out post-doctoral research at the UCL Institute of Child Health.

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