Two innovative projects seeking to involve and engage patients and the public in primary care research have been awarded funding by the National Institute for Health Research's School for Primary Care Research.
Led by Oxford's primary care researchers and developed in collaboration with public contributors, they are two of eight such projects funded by the School in their first ever competitive funding call aimed at increasing the involvement of patients and the public in research.
The projects led by Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences researchers are:
HEALTHY COMMUNITY FAIR: EXPLORING THE SOCIAL PRESCRIBING NEEDS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES
The team will organise a one-day fair on the topic of health and well-being for members of a rural community. The fair will consist of various activities and provide a forum for discussion about research on social prescribing and how it may address issues facing rural communities.
Amadea Turk, Stephanie Tierney, Kamal Mahtani, Mike Hobbs, Anne-Marie Boylan
FINDING OUT WHAT MATTERS: USING ART TO ELICIT RESEARCH IDEAS FROM PEOPLE IN TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED GROUPS
The project aims to generate research ideas and discuss the best ways to communicate research with members of black and ethnic minority groups, people affected by dementia and people living with mental health conditions. The discussions will be brought to live by creating artwork.
Anne-Marie Boylan, Gillian Richards, Shoba Dawson, Opeyemi Babatunde, Stephanie Tierney, Sophie Park, Carl Heneghan
Ben Ainsworth, from the University of Southampton, who reviewed the proposals, said: "I know first hand how hard it can be to get research findings out into the world so I really think these projects are incredibly important and great value for money."