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Title: Frequency of reporting on patient and public involvement (PPI) in research studies published in a general medical journal: a descriptive study.
Author: Price A, Schroter S, Snow R, Hicks M, Harmston R, Staniszewska S, Parker S and Richards T.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: BMJ Open dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020452
Are service users or carers authors: Yes

Abstract: In 2014, the BMJ introduced a new policy asking all authors to report in their journal articles, if and how they had involved patients and the public in their work. In this study, the researchers compared the reporting before and after the policy had been introduced. In the full year before the policy came in, only one article reported involvement. In one full year, starting one year after the introduction of the policy, 16 of 152 papers (11%) reported involvement. The ways that patients and the public were involved included: contributing to grant applications, designing studies, being authors on the article and helping with dissemination. The authors conclude that involvement activity has been low throughout this time and the reporting was not always high quality. They suggest that journals, funders and research institutions should collaborate to improve the situation so that involvement in research becomes the norm.

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nature and extent of public involvement in research
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Date Entered: 2018/11/09

Date Edited: 2018/11/09

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