Lisa Jane Brighton
Taking patient and public involvement online: Qualitative evaluation of an online forum for palliative care and rehabilitation research
Brighton, Lisa Jane; Pask, Sophie; Benalia, Hamid; Bailey, Sylvia; Sumerfield, Marion; Witt, Jana; de Wolf-Linder, Susanne; Etkind, Simon Noah; Murtagh, Fliss E.M.; Koffman, Jonathan; Evans, Catherine J.
Susanne de Wolf-Linder
Simon Noah Etkind
Professor Fliss Murtagh F.Murtagh@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Palliative Care
Catherine J. Evans
Patient and public involvement (PPI) in research is increasingly recognised as important. Most PPI activities take place face-to-face, yet this can be difficult for people with ill health or caring responsibilities, and may exclude people from hard-to-reach populations (e.g. living in vulnerable social circumstances and/or remote geographical locations). These challenges are particularly pertinent in palliative care and rehabilitation research where people often live with, or care for someone with, advanced illness. In response to this, we aimed to test the functionality, feasibility, and acceptability of an online forum for PPI for palliative care and rehabilitation research (www.csipublicinvolvement.co.uk).
We conducted separate focus groups with PPI members and researchers who had used the online forum. Data collection was underpinned by DeLone and Mclean’s model of information systems success. Focus groups were recorded, transcribed, and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Dual coding by two authors ensured rigour, and attention was paid to divergent cases.
Four PPI members and five researchers participated in the focus groups (two PPI focus groups, one researcher focus group). The online forum was perceived as functional, feasible, and acceptable. Our analysis identified four key questions to consider when developing online methods for PPI: (1) how does the forum work, (2) how does it engage people, (3) how does it empower people, and (4) what is the impact? PPI members felt that the online forum was too researcher led, and needed to be more PPI focussed.
When developing online methods of PPI, a functioning forum is not enough: it also needs to be engaging and empowering to have an impact. To optimise online involvement, future work should refer to these four domains and balance the needs of researchers and PPI members.
Brighton, L. J., Pask, S., Benalia, H., Bailey, S., Sumerfield, M., Witt, J., …Evans, C. J. (2018). Taking patient and public involvement online: Qualitative evaluation of an online forum for palliative care and rehabilitation research. Research Involvement and Engagement, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-018-0097-z
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Mar 22, 2018|
|Online Publication Date||May 1, 2018|
|Publication Date||May 1, 2018|
|Deposit Date||May 1, 2018|
|Publicly Available Date||May 2, 2018|
|Journal||Research Involvement and Engagement|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Patient participation; Patient engagement; Online systems; Palliative care; Rehabilitation; Patient and public involvement; Service user involvement; Online forum|
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