PPI can be useful to incorporate within a research project. For example, one of our projects currently in set up (Lose Weight) was named by service users using PPI to ensure it projected the right message to the right target population.
There are three main types of PPI that can be used within a research project:
Consultation: Getting the views of people with lived experience of a condition to guide researchers in project decisions. It can be a one off or repeated as necessary. i.e. commenting on research materials like questionnaires and participant information sheets.
Collaboration: Working in a partnership between researchers and people with lived experience of conditions throughout the life of the project. i.e. from Steering committee to dissemination (publishing the results).
User Led / User Controlled: Research actively controlled by the public, working at all levels of the project.
PPI is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). If you are interested in PPI please click the below links for further information.