Patient and Public Involvement in Research: Lessons for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Sailish Honap*, Anne Buisson, Silvio Danese, Laurent Beaugerie, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet

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Participatory research, also referred to as patient and public involvement, is an approach that involves collaborating with patients affected by the focus of the research, on the design, development and delivery of research to improve outcomes. There are two broad justifications for this: first, that it enhances the quality and relevance of research, and second, that it satisfies the ethical argument for patient inclusion in decisions about them. This synergistic and collaborative effort, which bridges the divide between researchers and participants with the lived condition, is now a mainstream activity and widely accepted as best practice. Although there has been a substantial increase in the literature over the past two decades, little has been published on how participatory research has been used in inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] research and little guidance as to how researchers should go about this. With an increasing incidence and prevalence worldwide, combined with declining study enrolment in an era of perennial unmet need, there are a multitude of benefits of participatory research to IBD patients and investigators, including research output that is informed and relevant to the real world. A key example of participatory research in IBD is the I-CARE study, a large-scale, pan-European observational study assessing the safety of advanced therapies, which had significant patient involvement throughout the study. In this review, we provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits and challenges of participatory research and discuss opportunities of building strategic alliances between IBD patients, healthcare providers and academics to strengthen research outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1882-1891
Number of pages10
JournalJournal Of Crohns & Colitis
Issue number11
Early online date23 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023


  • Patient and public involvement
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • Participatory research
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease


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