Consumer and Community Engagement
A commitment to improving consumer and community engagement in health and medical research
SAHMRI has joined forces with the Health Consumers Alliance of SA Inc (HCA) to bring researchers and consumers together to tackle some of the greatest health issues confronting us today.
A framework for better engagement
We are using our co-research framework to engage consumers in planning research priorities, in the projects themselves, and in working out how to make sure our research really does improve the health of individuals and communities.
The framework was informed by a review of literature and current practice from across the world. We have formed a Consumer and Community Engagement Committee and their work plan has four immediate priorities:
- Embed consumer and community engagement in SAHMRI culture
- Build the capacity of researchers for consumer engagement
- Create a register of consumers interested in different aspects of research
- Research and evaluate our work to help us do it better