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NIHR Journals Library incorporates new guidelines for reporting involvement of patients and the public in trials

Date: 09 August 2018

The NIHR Journals Library has adopted a new set of guidelines providing researchers with support and advice to improve reporting of patient and public involvement in trials.

The Guidance for Reporting Involvement of Patients and the Public (GRIPP2) checklist is an evidence-based, robust and practical guide to support and encourage better reporting of how the public has been involved in studies.

The NIHR Journals Library is directing authors and editors to use the new checklist, which builds on the former best practice guidance provided by the NIHR around PPI.

The under-reporting, and sometimes poor quality of the reporting of PPI in published papers is one of the longstanding barriers to developing a stronger evidence base for public involvement from which others can learn from. The GRIPP2 checklists are aimed at providing a framework for authors, editors and reviewers to use them and the more they are adopted, the greater the extent and the better the quality of public involvement reporting across the research system.

The new NIHR Journals Library guidance based on GRIPP2 is more directive than the former guidance. Authors are now asked to consider the value of PPI within their research study and are signposted to the GRIPP2 short form (for studies where PPI is a secondary focus) and long form (for studies where PPI is the primary focus).

Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients, Carers and the Public and co-author of the GRIPP2 reporting checklist, said: “I am delighted that the NIHR Journals Library is taking a lead in this way. GRIPP2 is an important and useful tool.  We need academic journals to step up the plate in requiring authors to describe public involvement in their study – even if it is to acknowledge where it hasn’t happened and why – and for funders to set similar requirements on those they fund.”

The adoption of GRIPP2 in the NIHR Journal Library presents an exciting development in the development of the evidence base and impact of PPI. Researchers and users of research results will be better able to replicate PPI methods and learn from the benefits and challenges being experienced of others.

More information on the guidelines is available on the NIHR Journals Library website.

More details on GRIPP2 is on the BMJ website.

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