Public understanding of health research
The HRA aims to streamline and simplify the research approval process. It is important for us to understand what the implications of these proposed changes are for patients and public and to understand the degree to which people feel protected or made at risk by the system for approving health research.
We conducted three separate exercises to understand the views of patients and the public:
- We commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct public dialogue workshops across four locations in England.
- We held 7 workshops with patients and carers together with one workshop with Phase 1 participants.
- We commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct an interview survey of 1,295 members of the general public to try and quantify some of the findings emerging from the workshops.
- ‘Patient and Public Engagement Project: Patient and Public Dialogue Workshops’ [pdf, 951 KB] compares the views of patients and the general public in our public dialogue workshops.
- The Ipsos MORI report ‘Public Engagement Workshops’ [pdf, 1.1 MB] gives full details of their work with the general public on our behalf.
- The HRA report Survey of the general public: attitudes towards health research presents the findings of a survey of the general public conducted by Ipsos MORI in April 2013, incorporating supplementary questions to quantify some of the workshop findings.