Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in Research

This guide on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is designed to enable pharmacists to identify where and how PPI can most usefully be incorporated within their research activities.

PPI in research refers to research in which patients / members of the public play an active role in the research process. PPI can be thought of as a collaboration or partnership between researchers and members of the public through which research is co-produced.

PPI can also be referred to as Public Involvement (PI) or Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) in research. Sometimes the terms service user, lay member or consumer are used, rather than patient or member of the public.

This section provides

  • An explanation of what PPI in research is, and why it is required
  • An overview of the ways in which PPI can increase the rigour and relevance of research
  • Advice on identifying where, within the research cycle, PPI will be most beneficial
  • Guidance on selecting the right PPI activities
  • Ideas and considerations when recruiting for PPI
  • Information on the resources required for PPI in research
  • Top Tips
  • Signposting to further resources and information.

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