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Health Research Policy and Systems

, 6:3

First Online: 09 March 2008Received: 01 August 2007Accepted: 09 March 2008DOI: 10.1186-1478-4505-6-3

Cite this article as: Saunders, C., Girgis, A., Butow, P. et al. Health Res Policy Sys 2008 6: 3. doi:10.1186-1478-4505-6-3


Health and medical research invariably impacts on the lives of everyday people. Organisations in the developed world are increasingly involving the public in health research projects, and research governance structures and processes. The form the involvement takes varies, as does the level of involvement, from individuals, to groups, to the wider community. Lay community members can be trained to independently review health and medical research, and wider societal involvement in funding decisions, can be effectively fostered. The theoretical foundation, design and development of a task based consumer-training program, including a number of enabling factors to support the success of such training are presented. This work is likely to be of value to those planning to train consumers in technical or complex areas.

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Author: Carla Saunders - Afaf Girgis - Phyllis Butow - Sally Crossing - Andrew Penman


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