Background and current status
Patient involvement in clinical research
These days patients are getting a more active role in health care systems. A British Medical Journal article stated public involvement in research should be “second nature” by 2025 . Since 2006 the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has been supporting the initiative “INVOLVE”  aiming at involving the public and patients to improve health research in the UK. The strategic goals of “INVOLVE” include ensuring that opportunities to engage with research are made visible to the public and seized; that the public’s contribution is valued and required as part of high quality research; and that evidence of what works is collected and disseminated.