There is increasing evidence that involving patients and the public can improve research in several ways such as: in recruiting people to take part in research, in making research procedures pre ethically sensitive, and in making research more useful to a wider variety of people. However, for PPI to happen, different groups of people need to work together.
The aim of IMPRESS is to find out how Patient and Public Involvement is being used within projects that are part of the CLAHRC East of England research programme.
We will answer our research questions by exploring and building on the experiences of researchers and PPI members taking part in research projects within a large programme (the CLAHRC East of England). The IMPRESS study will be an 'action research' project and will also use Normalisation Process Theory.
Each action research cycle (two cycles are planned) is made up of several steps; first, will be to find out some facts, then plan a course of action, then take action, then evaluate the action and then begin the process again. The first steps in the first cycle (2014-2016) will be to:
We will apply for more research funding for 2016-2018 to carry out a second cycle of action research to see how the refined PPI Action Plan works in detail.
The IMPRESS study is run by teams from the Universities of East Anglia and Hertfordshire, and also includes two PPI co-researchers.