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Research, audit or service evaluation?

It can sometimes be difficult to decide whether your survey project is research, audit, or service evaluation. The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) has published the following guidance to help you decide: NRES Guidance  and an interactive tool available here

Once you've had a look at the NRES leaflet you may want to have a further discussion with the following people:

If you think your project might be research: Debbie McPhee (debbie.mcphee@uhbristol.nhs.uk / 0117 342 0230)

If you think your project might be audit: stuart.metcalfe@uhbristol.nhs.uk / 0117 342 3614

If you think your project might be service evaluation: paul.lewis@uhbristol.nhs.uk / 0117 342 3638

It is increasingly common to involve patients and the public in research design and analysis. If you would like more information about patient and public involvement in research, please contact Dr Elinor Griffiths, Research Grants Manager (elinor.griffiths@uhbristol.nhs.uk / 0117 342 0585). The INVOLVE website is also a good source of information: http://www.invo.org.uk/