Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Patient & Public Engagement

Sharing findings

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How can Patient and Public Research Partners contribute to sharing results?

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How do we share research results?

Once a research project is done, the next step is to share the research processes used and the key messages. This is called disseminating. It is important to share research with groups of people who would find it useful or interesting. These people may include policy makers, health care providers, the public, and other stakeholders. Patient and Public Research Partners can support the dissemination of research findings.

 

Ways to share resultsWho is the audience?Examples
Reports• Decision makers and policy makers
• Funders
A report to the Ministry of Health about the outcomes and costs of a new way of delivering care.
Academic papers• Researchers
• Students
• Health and social care providers
• The general public
A scientific paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that includes a detailed description of the research process and results.
Articles for the public• The general public
• Groups of people who are interested in specific topics
An article in a local newspaper resulting from the research, such as a story about caregivers.
Presentations at scientific meetings• Researchers
• Students
• Funders
• Health and social care providers
• The general public
• Policy makers
A formal research presentation including the background, research questions, methods, results, and conclusions.
Presentations to the public• The general public
• Groups of people who are interested in specific topics
Local presentation at a seniors’ center about the results of a study related to managing diabetes.

Will you be paid and acknowledged?

Absolutely! As a Patient and Public Research Partner, you will be paid for your time and travel costs. Your input will be acknowledged, as we value your insights.

What is your commitment?

You can decide with the research team what activities interest you most. As a research partner, you can decide how much time you can commit. You can decide when you want to start and stop taking part in the research.