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Bringing together patients, carers, the general public, health and social care providers, and researchers to develop, conduct and report a research study is commonly known as Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).
Talking to patients and members of the public about a research idea at an early stage helps ensure that the idea relates to something that is important, feasible and relevant to patients.
There are a variety of other ways to get involved in research, including:
There are several reasons why you will benefit from being actively involved in the research process: