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There are various ways in how patient and public involvement can contribute to a review study. Some of the contributions of involvement in such studies are:

  • Make sure the question you are asking is important to the public
  • Investigate outcomes that are important to those affected
  • Ensure reviews are accessible to people making decisions

The NIHR has written a guidance document on public involvement in systematic reviews and the Cochrane Community has published a blog on stakeholder involvement in Cochrane Review screening including tips.

The School’s Evidence Synthesis Working Group has a patient and public involvement lead, Anne-Marie Boylan (, who is able to advise you on how to involve the public in your SPCR funded review.