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Consumer involvement in research is essential

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:380
  1. Deborah Tallon, research associate,
  2. Jiri Chard, research associate (,
  3. Paul Dieppe, director
  1. MRC-Health Services Research Collaboration, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PR

    EDITOR—We agree with Goodare and Lockwood that consumer involvement in the research process is lacking.1 Our work on osteoarthritis has shown the potential benefit of involving consumers when trying to prioritise the research agenda.

    In a survey of 112 people with osteoarthritis of the knee we found that a wider range of treatment options was being used by patients than the research literature would suggest. From a recent systematic …

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