This jargon buster or glossary of words contains the definitions of some of the terms commonly used in public involvement in research. It is not a complete list of all the words you might come across. The original definitions were developed for INVOLVE by TwoCan Associates working in consultation with a panel of researchers and a panel of people who use services, and we add to them continually.
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On Twitter, a hashtag (#) is a way to bring together information about a topic. For example you can have a hashtag for a conference or an interest group.
An NHS organisation established to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research. The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) is now part of the HRA.
Health Technology is an internationally recognised term that covers any method used by those working in health services to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation and long-term care. “Technologies” in this context are not confined to new drugs or pieces of sophisticated equipment.
Health Education England
Higher Education Institution
Human Fertilisation and Embryological Authority
Health Innovation Challenge Fund
Honorary contracts are required by anyone who wants to carry out research or observe people in an NHS setting, but who does not already have an employment contract or a volunteer contract with the relevant NHS Trust. The contract ensures that they are covered by NHS liability insurance, and that they are contractually bound to take proper account of the NHS duty of care.
Health Research Authority
Honorary Research Contract
Health Services and Delivery Research, one of the NETS programmes. The HS&DR Programme funds research into the quality, access and organisation of health services, including costs and outcomes.
Health Services and Delivery Research Programme
Horizon Scanning Centre
Health Technology Assessment, the HTA Programme produces independent research information about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS.
Health Technology Assessment Programme
Human Tissue Act or Human Tissue Authority
Health Technology Assessment – one of the NIHR research funding streams
Healthcare Technology Co-operatives
Hubs for Trials Methodology Research
In a trial, a statement relating to the possible different effect of the interventions on an outcome. The null hypothesis of no such effect is amenable to explicit statistical evaluation by a hypothesis test, which generates a P value.