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Research Site or PIC

Whether you conduct your research at a research site or PIC will affect the application route.

Research Site

A research site is the single organisation responsible for conducting the research at a particular location. The research site is not necessarily the location where research activities will actually take place.

For example, in a research project by practice nurses from GP practices, interviews with participants may take place in the participant's home, but the research site would be the GP practice.

Patient Identification Centre (PIC)

A Patient Identification Centre is as an organisation which refers potential participants to the research team for assessment and possible recruitment.

For example, a GP may identify potential participants from their practice database, provide patients with information about a study and seek consent to pass on the patients' contact details to the research team.