Consumer Involvement

Getting Involved in Research

Our work and research here at NPEU is aimed at improving the health and welfare of babies, mothers and their families and promoting the effective use of resources in the perinatal health services.

Patient and public involvement (PPI) is very important to us and the work we do. PPI gives us insight into the research needs of both patients and the public, and brings context to the research we carry out, ensuring our research is both relevant and necessary.

Why you should get involved?

Getting involved in clinical research can be a very rewarding experience. Some of the reasons why patients and the public choose to play an active role in research are:

  • wanting to ensure research is relevant to the people it is trying to help and sensitive to their needs
  • gaining satisfaction from ‘giving something back’ and contributing to research
  • a desire to help develop new treatments that benefit patients and therefore lessen the burden of disease
  • wishing to increase awareness by sharing personal experiences or views

How you can get involved?

There are a number of ways that patients and members of the public alike can get involved in contributing to the research we carry out at NPEU:

  • participating in one of our trials or surveys
  • checking information for trial participants to ensure it can be easily understood by members of the public
  • suggesting new topics that you think we should be actively researching
  • commenting on our current research and future plans
  • taking part in interviews as part of an audit piece of research
  • representing patient groups on committees and focus groups

For further information please contact NPEU’s Public and Patient Involvement Facilitator:

Ann Kennedy
NPEU Clinical Trials Unit
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU)
Nuffield Department of Population Health
University of Oxford
Old Road Campus

01865 289728
01865 289701

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