The RAPPORT (ReseArch with Patient and Public invOlvement: a RealisT evaluation) study, looked at a total of twenty two case studies currently running or completed in the past two years, to establish if PPI had made a difference or not.
The evaluation established that developing good relationships is a key basic component for effective PPI.
The project highlighted important areas that can now be developed. It was found that a dedicated PPI co-ordinator, either internal or external of the team, is significant in providing effective PPI. However, an unintended consequence of the role of acting as a bridge between the research team and the patient representatives can be that that the research teams absolve any responsibility for PPI engagement.
Read the full findings of the evaluation published in the Journals Library as Health Services and Delivery Research volume 3, issue 38.