Research is about making observations, finding out about something, creating a theory then proving it. Health research is finding out about an illness or health condition and how it can be treated and cured, or managed so that the sufferer can live a life as free from discomfort and difficulty as possible.

Health research ranges from the dramatic discovery of new drugs to cure cancer, to the mundane such as making a better bandage. Public and patient involvement in research, known as PPI, can help researchers to make better drugs and better bandages.

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