Why involve the public in research?
The recent pandemic has shown us how important health research and clinical trials are to improving the health of everyone in our society. For example, without the clinical trials in to new COVID-19 vaccines we would have found it harder to ease the restrictions we have all faced.
We all have our own unique life experiences and perspective, which are extremely valuable to researchers in their work. By getting people involved in helping shape and deliver clinical health research, we can ensure that the research findings and outcomes make a difference to all our lives.
The NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility involves a range of public and patients in the development of clinical research at the facilities. This ensures that we are asking the right research questions and we are really responding to patient and public health needs.
We recommend that our collaborators involve the public at every stage of their work. For more information visit our PPIE Group page.
At our recent event researchers from the facilities talked about the important clinical research taking place in Newcastle during the COVID-19 Pandemic both in the hospital and University facilities.