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Centre of Rehabilitation Engineering (CoRE).
Dept Medical Engineering & Phyics.
King`s College Hospital.
London, United Kingdom.
Alan Turner-Smith.
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This publication is dealing with the report of Great Britain on experiences of user participation in R&D oriented work.

Introduction

An inventory has been carried out by the Centre of Rehabilitation Engineering, King's Healthcare Rehabilitation Centre by postal questionnaire. 220 personally-addressed, reply-paid questionnaires were distributed to contacts known to be working in the field of AT. The replies came from four main groups of activity:

    academic,
    health service,
    commerce,
    and end-user or end-user organisation (including charities).
The response rate amount to 41%. Some results of the inquiry:

Recruitment: How are end-user recruited to equipment evaluation?

    Through personal contacts.
    Academic
    71%
    Commercial
    93%
    Service
    70%
    User/Charity
    88%

    Through user organisations.
    Academic
    71%
    Commercial
    47%
    Service
    39%
    User/Charity
    25%

    Through organised user panel.
    Academic
    41%
    Commercial
    20%
    Service
    17%
    User/Charity
    50%

Organisation of user participation.

    By ad hoc participation.
    Academic
    71%
    Commercial
    86%
    Service
    84%
    User/Charity
    100%

    A user panel.
    Academic
    35%
    Commercial
    36%
    Service
    22%
    User/Charity
    29%

    A project group.
    Academic
    35%
    Commercial
    0%
    Service
    16%
    User/Charity
    14%

    A steering committee.
    Academic
    20%
    Commercial
    0%
    Service
    11%
    User/Charity
    0%

    A reference group.
    Academic
    10%
    Commercial
    14%
    Service
    9%
    User/Charity
    29%

    A working group.
    Academic
    5%
    Commercial
    21%
    Service
    16%
    User/Charity
    0%
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