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Letters The BMJ’s own patient journey

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4903
  1. Jo Welsman, associate research fellow in patient and public involvement1,
  2. Andy Gibson, research fellow in patient and public involvement1,
  3. Janet Heaton, research fellow in qualitative research1,
  4. Nicky Britten, professor of applied healthcare research1
  1. 1National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the South West Peninsula, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter EX2 4SG, UK
  1. j.r.welsman2{at}

We are delighted to see The BMJ leading the promotion of meaningful public and patient involvement (PPI) in research,1 and we support Vayena’s contention that PPI in initiating health research is an underplayed aspect of this “patient revolution.”2 It may seem unrealistic to embed PPI in health research within a major organisation, but since …

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