Public and patient involvement is central to research at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. There are various organisations that support patients and members of the public to get involved. INVOLVE is a national advisory group that defines public involvement in research as ‘research being carried out with or by members of the public rather than to, about or for them’.
Anyone can be involved in research such as patients, carers, parents/guardians and people who use health and social care services. Members of the public provide researchers with valuable insight into their views and experiences that can influence research processes and decision making. This can lead to better research, clearer outcomes and faster uptake of new evidence.
There are various ways that patients and the public can get involved in research. Participating in a clinical trial, being actively involved in the development of research projects and dissemination of research findings are examples of ways to get involved.