Patients wanted to talk about public involvement in surgical trials #PIRRIST @joannacrocker

I've been helping colleagues get this study off the ground so would appreciate your help either in spreading the word or by contributing directly. As follows. ....Are you currently involved in a surgical research trial? If so we need your help! We are looking for patient or lay advisers, partners or representatives to take part... Continue Reading →

There’s nothing wrong in being a poster child for public involvement @bournemouthuni

The small things in life can tell us much about how the world is changing. Whether it's commuters carrying bottles of water. Or the papers left on trains at the end of a journey. What might such tell-tale signs of cultural change be, when it comes to public involvement? Is it the fact that public involvement... Continue Reading →

From ‘spacewalking’ patients to Bowie, the literature on public involvement in research reached new Peakes this week

It's one of the hardest things they will have to do.  It is physically and mentally draining.  For many it will feel a lonely place.  The atmosphere will be unlike anything they have ever experienced before. Some will feel as if they are in a state of suspended animation. Others will feel as if they have leapt off a cliff... Continue Reading →

There is indeed method in our ‘madness’ – being METHODICAL about public involvement

Polonius: [Aside] Though this be madness, yet there is method in't. Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 193–206 If you are in some way connected to public involvement in health research then you get used to 'the look.' Sometimes it's a vacant stare or a gaze falling slowly across the face like the sun going down.  In other instances... Continue Reading →

Babraham Institute pins down public attitudes to basic science

Public dialogue exercises can come across a bit like the public engagement version of a 'lock-in.'  They are undoubtedly enjoyable - for all concerned including the participants.  However, there can be a feeling that people are being force-fed information until they recant their ways! That said, this tool (of choice, for many) is a useful way of exploring people's views on issues in-depth and over... Continue Reading →

Research is for LIFE not just for….

What a shame that the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has pulled the plug on the LIFE study. See: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/01/life-study-esrc-cancelled-mothers-ethnic-recruitment Also: http://www.nature.com/news/massive-uk-baby-study-cancelled-1.18650 Launched only last year, the aim of this research was to recruit thousands of mothers and collect data about their babies as they grew up. Such work is really important in helping... Continue Reading →

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