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Title: Consumer involvement in research projects: the activities of research funders.
Author: O'Donnell, M. & Entwistle, V.
Date Published: 2004
Reference: Health Policy, 69(2), 229-238.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known


Aim: To find out whether, why and how UK funders of health-related research promote consumer involvement in research projects.

Method: Postal survey and telephone interviews with UK funders of health research.
Findings/recommendations: Many UK funders of health research are encouraging researchers to involve consumers in their work. Many recognise that different forms of consumer involvement will be appropriate for different types of research project. There is no standard way of judging the quality of proposals for involving consumers in a research project. Given the variation in involvement, any criteria used to make judgements about quality will need to be flexibly and fairly applied. Researchers also need to be made aware of funders' requirements.

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Categories: health
nature and extent of public involvement in research
journal article

Date Entered: 2007/02/21

Date Edited: 2012/11/20

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