Developing the SELF study: A focus group with patients and the public

Chris Littlewood, Jon Ashton, Emma Scott, Sue Mawson, Stephen May, Stephen Walters

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Background: Patient and public involvement (PPI) in the research process is a key feature of NHS Research and Development policy but reporting of the extent and value of PPI in relation to physiotherapy research is lacking. Aims: To determine whether the proposed methodology within the randomized controlled trial aspect of the SELF study was acceptable to patients and to ascertain whether enhancements could be made in relation to elements that matter most to patients. Methods: A focus group discussion was undertaken with four lay people who were currently attending physiotherapy. The data was transcribed verbatim and analysed using the framework method. Findings: The lay members found the proposals to be generally acceptable but were able to suggest enhancements to the SELF study's design relating to recruitment, retention, blinding, and acceptability of the intervention. Additionally, we were able to recruit lay members to the trial steering committee. Conclusion: The unique perspective offered by PPI has resulted in enhancements to the SELF study's design and a means of maintaining PPI throughout the conduct of the SELF study has been established.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-206
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013


  • Focus group
  • Patient and public involvement (PPI)
  • Research design


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