This study explores the role, benefits and potential of young people’s involvement in health research, with a focus on mental health, infectious diseases and global heating.
It provides recommendations on how to meaningfully involve young people in research, and what it means to do that well.
The academic literature on young people's involvement in health research is still emerging, with most articles published in the last five years.
Young people's involvement in health research benefits the research, the young people themselves, and their communities.
There are a number of practical recommendations on how to strengthen young people's involvement in health research.
Anita Krishnamurthi, Head of Education and Learning, Wellcome
40% of the global population is under 24 and nearly 90% of the population aged 10-24 lives in developing countries. We hope that the findings of this study will help Wellcome, other funders and researchers to meaningfully involve young people in health research so they can take their rightful place in shaping the research and the world they live in.