Researchers and healthcare professionals work together with patients and the public to develop research and related activities, which can then improve healthcare services and treatments to help patients and the public.
INVOLVE says that public involvement in research means “research being carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them”. This might include offering advice and comments on research and related activities and materials. You can become involved if you are:
- A patient
- A carer
- A friend or relative of a patient
- A service user
- A potential patient
- A representative from an organisation
- Somebody with an interest in sport, exercise and/or osteoarthritis
- Somebody with an interest in research
It is likely that we will all come into contact with health and social care services at some stage and it is important to remember that patients and the public can often give us a different view to that of the research team.
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