Journals Library

Reporting PPI

Reporting public and patient involvement

The NIHR promotes the involvement of patients and the public in all stages of research. The NIHR Journals Library aims to set a standard for the reporting of this involvement, in keeping with its role of providing a comprehensive archive of funded research. All reports should therefore explain how patients and the public have been involved.

Some suggestions as to how you might do this include incorporating a description into the following sections:

  • Methods (sub-section identifying where patient and public involvement (PPI) was important to the study as well as where and how PPI has contributed to, for example, study design, interventions, outcomes)
  • Discussion/Conclusions (sub-section discussing impact of PPI, what worked well/ what challenges emerged relating to PPI, lessons learnt)
  • Or write up the explanation of PPI across the study in a separate appendix

You may find it useful to look at issue 15:29 of Health Technology Assessment as an example of good reporting on patient and public involvement.