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Public Involvement

Public involvment in research, is research being carrried out 'with' or 'by' members of the public rather than 'to', 'about' or 'for' them.

Involving patients and members of the public in research can lead to better research, clearer outcomes and faster uptake of new evidence.

Active involvement is different from being a participant in a research study and having tests done on you, for example. Active involvement is where patients have a say in how clinical research is done. This is valuable because it helps make sure research studies are 'patient friendly' and relevant to people in the NHS.

There are different forms of active involvement in research, such as working with researchers and doctors and getting involved in study design and other stages of the research process.

To become more involved in research at CDDFT

Email: cdda-tr.research@nhs.net

Visit or telephone:

The Centre for Clinical Research and Innovation
5th Floor
Darlington Memorial Hospital
Hollyhirst Road
Darlington
DL3 6HX

Tel: +44 (0) 1325 743366.

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Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital