Consumers are helping to prioritise research

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.48/a (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:48
  1. Jane Royle (j.royle@soton.ac.uk), consumer liaison manager,
  2. Sandy Oliver, research officer
  1. National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment, Mailpoint 728, University of Southampton, Southampton S016 7PX
  2. Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London WC1H 0NS

    EDITOR—We welcome the increasing participation of consumers in designing, conducting, and interpreting the results of randomised controlled trials.1 At the National Coordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment we also recognise the importance of asking consumers to help decide which trials are needed.

    The health technology assessment programme aims at ensuring that high quality research information on the costs, effectiveness, and broader impact of health technologies is produced in the most efficient way for those who use, manage, and provide …

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