Scoping research priority setting, and the presence of patient and public involvement, with UK clinical research organisations and funders
Research on the effects of medical treatments often overlooks the shared interests of patients and clinicians. Questions important to both these groups may not be identified by others who influence the research agenda, such as industry or academia, and vital research areas may therefore be neglected. The JLA commissioned a scoping study to find out whether and how clinical research organisations currently set research priorities and whether and how patients and the public are involved in this work. Given the growing profile of the public and patient involvement agenda, the JLA was interested to see if this stated commitment was being translated into practical action.