Putting it into Practice

Title: Patient and public involvement mobile workshops – convenient involvement for the un-usual suspects.
Author: Eccles A, Bryce C, Turk A and Atherton H.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: Research Involvement and Engagement 4:38
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known

Abstract: When planning a research project into patients’ experiences of online booking of GP appointments, we tried out a new way to get feedback from the public on our research ideas and design. As the research topic is about GP services used by the general public, we wanted to get feedback from people with a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives. However, relying on individuals to firstly want to volunteer and then to take time to travel to and attend such an event, means that involvement may only be attractive to certain people. Others less interested in being involved – or those with busy schedules and additional responsibilities – may be unlikely or unable to attend. With this in mind, we ran a series of mobile workshops designed to be particularly convenient to attend. Each workshop was arranged at a time and a place where potential volunteers were already present and available. For example, at a workplace or a social group during a scheduled break or popular time. This meant each workshop was convenient to attend as they were at a suitable time with no travel. They also were short, lasting 30 min, to minimise disruption to individuals’ diaries. To make taking part appealing, attendees were also paid (which is standard practice for patient and public involvement). This paper summarises and evaluates the process of running these workshops.

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Categories: journal article
researchers
relevant to all service users
recruiting people to be actively involved in research
staff in research organisations

Date Entered: 2018/11/09

Date Edited: 2018/11/09

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