Why involve the public in research?
Every person in society has their own unique experience and perspective which is extremely valuable to researchers and benefits all aspects of our work. It is a constant reminder that we should be working in partnership for the best possible outcome.
Regarding our work, the public perspective can help us develop a deeper understanding of a health problem. This ensures that we are asking the right research questions and we are really responding to patient and public needs.
Working with our insight panel for patients, public and carers ensures that we clearly communicate the benefits and impact of our research to the wider society. The panel also highlights risks associated with a project and any misunderstandings that the public may have with the research. By addressing these concerns, we can improve public confidence. This in turn improves the quality of our grant applications and encourages the recruitment of public volunteers to our clinical studies.
We recommend that our collaborators involve the public at every stage of their work. For more information visit our insight panel section.
Watch our one hour webinar on involving the public in health research. Kasia Kurowska and members of our insight panel for patients, public and carers provide tips on how to do it and why it is beneficial.