Co-designing new tools for collecting, analysing and presenting patient experience data in NHS services: working in partnership with patients and carers

Small, Nicola, Ong, Bie Nio, Lewis, Annmarie, Allen, Dawn, Bagshaw, Nigel, Nahar, Papreen, Sanders, Caroline, Hodgson, Damian, Dehghan, Azad, Sharp, Charlotte, Dixon, Will, Lewis, Shôn, Kontopantelis, Evan, Daker-White, Gavin, Bower, Peter, the DEPEND team, and others, (2021) Co-designing new tools for collecting, analysing and presenting patient experience data in NHS services: working in partnership with patients and carers. Research Involvement and Engagement, 7 (1). a85 1-18. ISSN 2056-7529

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The way we collect and use patient experience data is vital to optimise the quality and safety of health services. Yet, some patients and carers do not give feedback because of the limited ways data is collected, analysed and presented. In this study, we worked together with researchers, staff, patient and carer participants, and patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) contributors, to co-design new tools for the collection and use of patient experience data in multiple health settings. This paper outlines how the range of PPIE and research activities enabled the co-design of new tools to collect patient experience data.

Eight public contributors represented a range of relevant patient and carer experiences in specialist services with varied levels of PPIE experience, and eleven members of Patient and Participation Groups (PPGs) from two general practices formed our PPIE group at the start of the study. Slide sets were used to trigger co-design discussions with staff, patient and carer research participants, and PPIE contributors. Feedback from PPIE contributors alongside verbatim quotes from staff, patient and carer research participants is presented in relation to the themes from the research data.

PPIE insights from four themes: capturing experience data; adopting digital or non-digital tools; ensuring privacy and confidentiality; and co-design of a suite of new tools with guidance, informed joint decisions on the shaping of the tools and how these were implemented. Our PPIE contributors took different roles during co-design and testing of the new tools, which supported co-production of the study.

Our experiences of developing multiple components of PPIE work for this complex study demonstrates the importance of tailoring PPIE to suit different settings, and to maximise individual strengths and capacity. Our study shows the value of bringing diverse experiences together, putting patients and carers at the heart of improving NHS services, and a shared approach to managing involvement in co-design, with the effects shown through the research process, outcomes and the partnership. We reflect on how we worked together to create a supportive environment when unforeseen challenges emerged (such as, sudden bereavement).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Co-design, Co-production, Digital participation, Mental health services, Patient and public involvement and engagement, Patient experience, Patient participatory groups, Primary care, Qualitative health service research, Rheumatology
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 16:54
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2022 07:01

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