Luna Puerta, L, Bartlam, B, Sun, H-LS and Smith, HE (2020) Perspectives on public involvement in health research from Singapore: The potential of a supported group model of involvement. Health Expectations, 23 (5). 1074 - 1085. ISSN 1369-7625

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BACKGROUND: Singapore is an international research hub, with an emphasis on translational clinical research. Despite growing evidence of the positive impact of public involvement (PPI) in research, it remains rare in Singapore. AIMS: To investigate Singaporean public perspectives around the rationale, role and scope for being involved in health research To identify the potential, challenges, facilitators and strategies for implementing PPI in Singapore. DESIGN: Semi-structured qualitative interviews with members of the public, analysed using thematic framework analysis. RESULTS: Twenty people participated. Four main themes emerged: potential benefits; challenges; facilitators; and strategies for implementation. Whilst initially unfamiliar with the concept, all interviewees recognized potential benefits for the research itself and those involved, including researchers. PPI was seen to offer opportunities for public empowerment and strengthening of relationships and understanding between the public, academics and health professionals, resulting in more impactful research. Challenges included a Singaporean culture of passive citizenship and an education system that inculcates deferential attitudes. Facilitators comprised demographic and cultural changes, including trends towards greater individual openness and community engagement. Implementation strategies included formal government policies promoting involvement and informal community-based collaborative approaches. CONCLUSION: Given the socio-political framework in Singapore, a community-based approach has potential to address challenges to PPI and maximize impact. Careful consideration needs to be given to issues of resource and support to enable members of the public to engage in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways that will deliver research best placed to effectively address patient needs.

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Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.© 2020 The Authors Health Expectations published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2022 15:47
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2022 15:47

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