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Letters Health service research

Is patient and public involvement being privatised?

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 08 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4520
  1. Sarah Carr, senior fellow in mental health policy1,
  2. Jonathan Boote, freelance researcher and consultant2
  1. 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
  2. 2Sheffield, UK
  1. s.e.carr{at}

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) recently announced a new NIHR Centre that will merge NIHR INVOLVE and the NIHR Dissemination Centre and will be operational in April 2020.12 Established in 1996, NIHR INVOLVE promotes and supports patient and public involvement in research funded by the NIHR. The Department of Health and Social Care decided to invite tenders for this new centre before the end of the current …

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