Choosing your patient involvement method

There are a variety of methods you can use to involve patients in shaping your work. The method you choose will depend on:

  • How much influence you want them to have
  • If you want qualitative or quantitative insights
  • How much time and capacity you have
  • Your target audience
  • The sample size required
  • Your budget

Identifying your target audience

To get the most out of involving patients in your research it’s important to identify people relevant to your research. Think about what experiences and skills will add the most value to your project. This is a really important step for meaningful patient involvement.

Budgeting for your patient involvement

There are associated costs that need to be considered and budgeted for when planning your patient involvement. This includes covering patient expenses, optional honorarium for eligible involvement, venue hire, facilitator costs, food and more. You should be clear about what you’re able to cover before you recruit patients to your involvement activity.