Residents Research Active in Care Homes (RReACH): How can people living in care homes be involved in shaping research?

Plain English Summary 

Residents could make a big difference to research. They have real knowledge or experience of care homes. Residents could advise and work together with researchers. A team at the University of East Anglia (which includes older people, care home residents, care home staff, and researchers) explored ways to involve older care home residents in research projects.

Research Design 

The team looked at how care home residents have been involved in past research projects. They wanted to know the answer to the following questions:

  • What may stop residents from being involved in research?
  • What can researchers do better to involve them?

They talked to care home residents and staff about what they find out. They asked them to tell the team about their priorities and concerns about residents being involved in research. They also explored new ways of involving people.


The team have been sharing what they have learnt with other researchers. This should help researchers to involve residents more effectively in research. This can build understanding about living in care homes.

The team have produced a bite-sized summary of the project and findings here:

For more information about the study, please click here 

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