Medical professionals working in critical care do a lot of research to help improve outcomes for both patients and relatives. In recent years patient and public involvement in health care has become much more common and this extends into the area of research as well.

Can you help?

If you've been involved with intensive care, either as a patient or a relative, you may be able to help.

When we're contacted by medical staff seeking opinions from people who've been on the receiving end of critical care we'd like to make sure we can offer as wide a perspective as possible and give the most representative response we can.

If you're happy to help us with this, please contact us and we'll add you to our list of people to contact when we get research enquiries.

What's involved?

It depends entirely on what we're asked to help with as to what's involved. Work involved with recent research we've been contacted about with has ranged from:

  • attending meetings with researchers,
  • filling in online questionnaires and
  • being asked to give opinions on the topics which mattered most to patients and relatives.

The work undertaken by researchers is crucial in improving the care given to others going through a period of critical illness and your own experiences can help. By contacting us, you're under no obligation to help with anything you'd rather not and you're free to ask us to remove you from our list of contacts at any time.

Your help is important and greatly appreciated.