Public and patient involvement

TitlePublic and patient involvement
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2014
Access Date2014-11-24
PublisherNIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC)
Type of MediumWebsite
KeywordsGreat Britain; Patient Participation
AbstractHealth and social care matters to each and every one of us. The NHS treats 1 million people every 36 hours in England. All of us want to be offered the best care when we, our family or our friends are ill. Delivering the best health care relies on having the best possible research evidence. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds research that produces evidence for professionals, policy makers and patients, so they can make informed decisions. Public involvement is an essential part of the development of modern health and social care services. Research that reflects the needs and views of the public is more likely to produce results that can be used to improve health and social care. Not all of our research is about ‘high tech’ medicine or clinical interventions. Some projects look at the health of whole communities or at how health and social care services are best organised for people who may need them. We need the opinions and personal experience of members of the public, patients and carers to balance the advice we receive from clinicians, researchers and other professionals.