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Reflections from the COVID-19 pandemic on inequalities and patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) in social care, health and public health research

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/10/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Health Expectations
Issue number5
Volume24
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)1547-1550
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date9/08/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) has evolved to become widely established practice in social care, health and public health research in the UK. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused rapid change in practice in PPIE, notably in moving from face-to-face meetings to virtual ones. This has opened a space for reflecting on established PPIE practice, but there is a risk this is conducted too narrowly, such as only weighing our preferences and the relative pros and cons with regard to in-person versus virtual meetings. The pandemic has also demonstrated the wide inequalities in society, and hence, we argue that an inequalities lens ought to guide a deeper and wider reflection on PPIE practice. We do not seek to criticize practice pre- or during the pandemic, but to encourage using the inequalities lens as a means of encouraging debate and focusing energy on a more rigorous review of PPIE practice to widen involvement in social care, health and public health research.