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This OSF project records the protocol, manuscript and supplementary material for a rapid systematic review of health research co-design: the meaningful involvement of research users during the study planning phase.
It has been estimated that up to 85% of research funding is wasted. Misalignment between researchers, clinicians and patients contributes to this waste – one study found that less than 3% (9/334) of studies examined priorities of researchers against patients and clinicians. Current funding schemes do not provide sufficient incentives (or insights) for researchers to be able to consult with clinicians or patients. Although this is widely acknowledged, the processes involved in successful co-design are poorly understood - that is, researchers, clinicians and patients don’t know how to ‘do’ research collaboration. Better understanding how to align research opportunities between clients and researchers may help in improving research and patient outcomes.