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How to engage patients and the public with your research

12 March, 2019

Perhaps you’re looking for patient and public involvement (PPI) volunteers but not getting as far as you’d hoped? Or have you found volunteers but need help with the next step?

CAHPR cover all the important information you need in their top tips information leaflet.

“PPI volunteers/contributors/partners often have great insight into their own, or their family member’s condition”, the document explains.

“Their understanding can prove to be invaluable throughout the research process.”

Other notable tips include where to seek volunteers, your research plan, financial issues and documentation.

Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer, said, “No matter how complicated the research, or how brilliant the researcher, patients and the public always offer unique, invaluable insights.”

The Council for Allied Health Professions Research supports radiographers and other AHPs to take the first steps, as well as providing opportunities for learning, sharing, networking and collaborations.

The Society is one of 13 AHP organisations that are part of CAHPR and the Society’s professional and education manager, Dr Rachel Harris, is the current chair of the Council’s steering committee.

Regional hubs hold face-to-face and online events and provide support locally. There are also other downloadable ‘how to’ leaflets which include topics such as:

  • Engaging with your Academic Health Science Network
  • Social media top tips
  • Statistics
  • Seeking ethical approval
  • Getting your abstract accepted

Click to access the leaflets and for contact details of your local CAHPR hub.

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