Patient And Public Involvement (PPI) and stakeholder involvement in the Person Based Approach (PBA)
A ‘stakeholder’ is anyone who could have a ‘stake’ in the intervention, including potential users and potential providers (such as healthcare professionals or other practitioners, policy makers, businesses or community organisations). Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research is a particular type of stakeholder involvement.
PPI and stakeholder involvement is at the centre of the person-based approach (PBA), and is vital to ensure that interventions are engaging and useful for the people who use them.
How PPI and stakeholders are involved in the PBA is extremely flexible, and includes:
- Contributing as an essential part of the core research team to all key decisions about intervention planning, optimisation and/or implementation.
- Contributing to one or more additional consultations – for example, through workshops, focus group discussions or providing online commentary. This kind of PPI activity can be supplemented by qualitative research.
Embedding diversity in PPI and stakeholder involvement
It is vital to make sure your PPI and stakeholder activities allow and encourage a wide range of people to take part.
- Some people may feel more confident to input if they are in a group of people they know or who are like them.
- People with less confidence, time or motivation may prefer to input if they do not have to travel, make a long-term commitment or take part in large discussion groups.