Consumers can be defined as patients and potential patients, carers, and people who use health care services. Consumers can also be people who represent the views and interests of a consumer organisation, a community or a wider constituency.

What is consumer and community involvement?

Involvement is where consumers and community actively work with researchers or research organisations to help shape decisions about health research.

This active partnership is important to ensure decision making is with or by consumers, rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ consumers.

How can I find out more?

We have developed a Consumer Information Pack. This Pack describes what it means to be involved in health research and the many ways you can get involved.

It can be accessed here.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are research studies that test ways to improve healthcare. These studies help find better ways to treat or prevent disease.

More and more, researchers are using the expertise of consumers to improve their clinical trials. 

Here is a short video to explain more about clinical trials.

If you would like to use this video you can download a copy by clicking here.

What is randomisation?

Clinical trials can be designed in many different ways but the most common approach is randomised controlled trials.

Randomised controlled trials may compare a new treatment with an old one. Or, it may compare all available treatments for a particular disease or condition to find out which work best.

Here is a short video to explain the process of randomisation in a clinical trial.

If you would like to use this video you can download a copy by clicking here.