Friday 12 October 2018


Involving Patient, Families and Public in Pre-clinical or Non-clinical Research - Useful Sources of Information 

The idea of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research is fairly clear when you consult with patients. It can be perceived as more challenging when the research is done at a distance yet it is far from impossible.

Here are some articles, papers and websites that Bec Hanley and I found helpful in thinking about the issues around involving people in the laboratory, decontamination, animal and data research studies - ie pre-clinical or non-clinical research.

These were initially prepared for a Workshop with those working and affected by Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) hosted by the National Institute for Health Research - Central Commissioning Facility, Policy Research Programme,  (NIHR CCF PRP) in Twickenham. We are grateful for their support and to all those we interviewed and met on the day.

A number of the references were sourced through a Twitter request using 

The SOURCES are grouped into categories for ease of searching:

Patient and Public Involvement – Pre-clinical

Involving Patients in Pre-clinical Research This is a helpful article in the BMJ Open Science Blog by Katherine Cowan, an independent consultant and a Senior Adviser to the James Lind Alliance. 

Bridging The Gap Between Research And Impact: Public And Patient Involvement In Health Research Dr Emma Dorris makes the case for involving patients and the public as being about... Quality & Clarity, Needs and Value. 

Involving People in Laboratory Based Research This is a useful discussion paper from the Shared Learning Group on Involvement (Research) which brings together many of those working in engagement and involvement in the charity sector. It includes a list of papers about PPI in lab-based research. 

Facilitating Patient and Public Involvement in basic and preclinical health research. Paper by James Maccarthy, Suzanne Guerin, Anthony G Wilson, Emma Dorris

Involving Patients in Parkinson’s UK research UPDATED GUIDANCE along with other excellent resources and information from lab based researchers. Good You Tube video as well.

Involvement in Dementia Research - Excellent series of articles and a paper by James Pickett and Matt Murray

Diversifying audiences and producers of public involvement in scientific research: the AudioLab - Great example from Bella Starling and Jemma Tanswell about how we might reach out and merge engagement with involvement

Involving Children and Young People - Harvey's Gang is a great example of helping young people to understand what happens elsewhere in a hospital eg with blood tests 

Autistica UK has developed a research strategy with the whole community 

PPI Strategy for NIHR Health Protection Research Units - The Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) at Imperial have produced a Strategy for Involvement & Engagement

Involving People in Research - This Australian website has some good examples of involvement in health data - patient/family involvement is described here as 'consumer'

For more general information, please go to NIHR Involve Briefing Notes for Researchers

Animal Research

Transparency and Public Involvement in Animal Research Paper on how patient involvement might increase openness 

The Animal Research Nexus This network provides information about understanding about animal research. They have recently produced an excellent set of resources including You Tube clips

Patients in Research (in general)

Clarifying the roles of patients in research A BMJ Editorial on meaningful patient partnerships in research

Innovative Medicines Initiative - A guide to Involvement in EU funded research

Public Engagement 

Meet the Researchers - A simple yet effective means of making 'engagement' work for researchers and public Thanks @jonathanboote

The Research Councils UK worked with Involve who specialise in public engagement 

Patient Advocates

Sense About Science 
A Public Engagement Guide that includes information on actively involving people

The 2 major supports in Public Engagement are 

The Wellcome Trust– produced a new strategy for engagement


Patient Engagement and Involvement in Research and Development
An article by Pfizer on the new opportunities for patient engagement

Improving Patient Involvement in the Drug Development Process 
Article on value of social media to engage patients 

Article in Pharma Phorum

Engaging Patients In Clinical Trials with Alan Thomas & Juliet Moritz
Excellent podcast about why the patient voice is important in trial development


Research Impact- Interesting and valuable resources from Dr Julie Bayley(

Why Impact matters in User Involvement - Excellent resource from NPC

The National PPI Standards

Information about the PPI Standards 

….AND MORE  (I will continue to add and then categorise later)

From Canada @CAR_PSP via twitter on Involvement in Anesthesia Research

Count Me In - A great example of how patients can help with encouraging PARTICIPATION in a Study using a Vimeo clipThanks @MBCNbuzz

Involvement in Evidence Synthesis - Wonderful example of how involving patients, families and public can make a difference in complex and complicated areas of research. Thanks @CochraneUK

Arthritis Research Conference in Ireland which included science, treatments and care with patients attending

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