Focus groups will look at healthcare and the environment

Researchers looking into the environmental impacts of healthcare are holding two focus groups in Leeds next month and are encouraging South Leeds residents to take part.

The research project is called ‘Public perceptions of the environmental impact of the UK healthcare systems’, and is led by Dr Gabby Samuel from King’s College London and Dr Sarah Briggs from Oxford University.

The project is exploring how people think about the UK healthcare system and environmental impacts related to healthcare. It’s a perspective which hasn’t received much attention from key stakeholders in healthcare (funders, institutions, policy makers etc), and so the project is responding to a gap in existing research.

One of the researchers, Miranda Macfarlane, explained how the focus groups work:

“The focus group discussions are designed to help us – as researchers – to understand the values, beliefs and experiences which underpin the public’s views on this subject.

“The focus groups are two hours long, with a break in the middle for refreshments. The discussion will be informal, guided by lots of questions and a couple of activities.”

Anyone aged 18 and over can take part. No detailed knowledge of the healthcare system or environmental issues is needed to be able to contribute.

£50 vouchers and up to £10 in travel expenses may be claimed by anyone who participates in a discussion.

The two sessions taking place in Leeds are:

Thursday 7 March, 5-7pm at the HEART centre in Headingley, LS6 3HN

Friday 8 March, 2-4pm at New Wortley Community Centre, LS12 1LZ

For more information and to register visit the project page here.


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