For 25 years, I have been a frustrated researcher. Like many, I came into the field of research to make a difference. But as the years passed, I realised that research had little influence on healthcare policymaking or practice.
The SPCR recently hosted 6 workshops to promote patient and public involvement in the early stages of study design, to support potential FR15 and 16 funding bids. One such workshop titled 'Clinical trials- online recruitment and electronic health records' was attended by public contributor Eric Deeson, who has written about his experiences on the day.
Increasing multimorbidity and the rising numbers of guidelines focussing on how to treat specific medical conditions have led to widespread polypharmacy (the use of multiple medications in one individual).
My cohort consisted of 14 trainees including myself, with participants from all over Canada and also two from Australia. We were from a wide range of backgrounds – psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, family medicine, health services research – which made for some really interesting discussions.