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Title: Knowledge of public patient involvement among health economists in Ireland: a baseline audit .
Author: O'Shea E, Ogbebor F, Queally M and Murphy E.
Date Published: 2019
Reference: HRB Open Research, 2:4
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: While there is growing public and patient involvement (PPI) in health research in Ireland, there is little information on whether patients/ public are involved in health economics research. This study asked health economists in Ireland about their knowledge and use of PPI. A survey was sent electronically to all members of the Health Economics Association of Ireland (HEAI). The survey questions were developed following a review of the literature on PPI in health economics. Half of the 45 respondents reported that they did involve patients in their health economics research. Two thirds reported their knowledge of PPI as weak or fair; only 8% said it was excellent. PPI, when it occurs, is largely focused on identifying research priorities and appropriate outcomes. Just over one third of respondents currently evaluate their PPI activities in health economic research, but without looking at the impact. The authors conclude that economists in Ireland do not have a strong knowledge of PPI, either in practice or in theory. The health economists find PPI challenging due to limited time, resources, information and the absence of appropriate skills to engage patients and the public in their work. Education and training are needed to support greater use of PPI in health economics research.

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

Date Entered: 2019/07/30

Date Edited: 2019/07/30

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