NIHR survey: Under-served populations

Wednesday 01 December 2021

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has a long-standing commitment to improving access to health and social care research.

People recruited into health and social care research often do not represent those most in need. Those who are under-served often have demographic and socioeconomic factors that increase the health inequalities they experience. Due to their underrepresentation, findings from the research may not apply to all groups of patients. This in turn limits treatment options for under-served people, increases health disparities and perpetuates the cycle of inequalities.

The NIHR has launched a survey to explore your views on who you feel is under-served, what factors lead to being under-served and what changes have been seen to promote inclusivity. Anybody who works in research delivery or research support services in the UK is invited to take part. The survey is simple, completely anonymous and should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Your responses will be shared with the UK research community and used for learning and development to promote the inclusion of under-served populations in research.

The survey closes on 31 January 2022.