The benefits and challenges of involving older people in health and social care research: a systematic review

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Caroline Struthers considers a systematic review about the impacts of older people’s patient and public involvement in health and social care research.

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Patients included? Twitter impact at health care conferences

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Amy Price considers the impact that patient participation can have at health care conferences: increased information flow, greater reach and impact, and deeper engagement in the conversation of tweets compared to physicians or researchers.

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What does patient and public involvement feel like?

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Alison Turner explores a recent study of patient and public involvement in clinical commissioning, which found that PPI representatives are often uncertain about their role and how their contribution is used.

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Building RAPPORT between researchers and lay people

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Lucy Simons highlights the RAPPORT study and the importance of strong relationships between PPI (patient and public involvement) representatives and researchers, which are seen to be essential for PPI to become normal practice in research.

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The impact of PPI on service users, researchers and communities

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Sarah Knowles and Ailsa Donnelly consider the findings on a systematic review which seeks to map the impact of patient and public involvement (PPI) on health and social care research.

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New guide to help commissioners involve young people in designing better mental health and wellbeing services

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Alison Turner highlights a recent report from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation, which looks at how to commission better mental health and wellbeing services for young people.

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