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guidance on the roles and responsibilities of PPI Co-applicants

  Created on Wednesday, 06 Mar 2019. Posted in Public Involvement

The guidance on the roles and responsibilities of PPI Co-applicants have now been published. Hopefully this will provide some much needed clarification on the subject.

 Summary of key points:

  • There is no formal requirement to include a public co-applicant as part of the research team. 
  • Where a public co-applicant is included in a study,a clear description of their role and the reasons why a public co-applicant is joining the team is required. This should express the differences in their role from that of other members of the public involved in the study. Without this information, the presence of a public co-applicant can be seen as tokenistic.
  • The inclusion of a public co-applicant should not be the only contributionfrom members of the public. Good public involvement includes of a diverse range of views, rather than a single perspective.