The patient is part of the answer - don't leave us out in the cold!

This application aims to produce a documentary that explains public and patient involvement in health research to the general public and encourages more people to become involved with researchers. Known as PPI, public and patient involvement means that people who are likely to be affected by research results are directly involved in planning and shaping decisions about the research. In Ireland, researchers are becoming aware of the importance of PPI and some research funders now require researchers to incorporate PPI into their plans. So, we need more people who understand PPI and are willing to get involved, otherwise the members of the public who are involved will be asked to do too much. Since 2016, members of the public in Galway have been involved with primary care researchers, sharing their insights and experience. Here together the two groups are now applying for funding to produce a documentary telling the public at large about PPI. The 20-minute documentary and a promotional trailer will be produced through the Science on Screen programme at NUI Galway, which has a successful record using film to communicate scientific research to the public. The documentary will be launched with community and patient organisations, at four public events, each followed by a Q and A session and an opportunity for attendees to sign up for involvement. We will develop a plan to screen the documentary in many public venues over coming years. The documentary will be a long-term resource available to promote PPI in Ireland and overseas.

Award Date
27 September 2018
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Professor Andrew Murphy
Host Institution
National University of Ireland, Galway
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme