Post Plus Patient Focus Group

Alison Stanley, Iuliana Hartescu & Consultant Surgeon
Loughborough University
Patient and Public Involvement

Summary

The Post Plus study investigated the use exercise following knee surgery to enhance recovery. The intention was to listen and learn from the previous patients, to adapt the study where needed and to give educational advice to allay any worries within the group.

What are the Aims?

To involve patients and the public in research study awareness and use of monitoring equipment relevant to the study. To explain the study design - especially the duration of the study and follow-up requirements, location and the related problems this may cause. 

Who was/is involved?

Previous patients post knee operations. The group was led by the lead academic on the project supported by the BIomedical Research Unit administrator who acted as an advocate for the wearing of the measurement devices. 

What has changed/will change?

The research study participant information leaflet required changes to be made, as suggested by patients. The focus group asked as a group for an advocate to be present at the first study session, thereby allaying any fears participants may have of the use of the monitoring devices.

What lessons have we learnt?

All research studies, whatever their size, should be open to public and patient questioning at the concept stage. The researcher and student learns from the patient participants and vice versa. How long should a study last? 

Contact details

Alison Stanley (a.stanley@lboro.ac.uk)