Headlines: June 24th, 1999

Twelve research projects, with a 2.5 million pound budget, have been launched to find better ways for health care professionals to share decision making with patients and the public. The Health in Partnership Programme is part of the Patient Partnership Strategy which seeks to build public confidence in the health service through involvement.

Although there are many projects in progress which are designed to increase the involvement of patients and public, there is no consolidated body of knowledge about the different approaches and no evaluation of what works best. The new programme will look at the processes and outcomes where patients and carers are involved in their cases and where service users and the public are involved in the planning and development of services.

The projects, which will take between one and three years, will be carried out by the Universities of Aberdeen, Leeds, York and the University College of Wales.