Article“Natural Ground” for Medical Research Charities: Public and Patient Involvement in Research FundingPetit-Zeman, Sophie PhD; Philpots, Elizabeth PhD; Denegri, Simon BA (Hon)Author Information Association of Medical Research Charities, London, UK. Correspondence: Sophie Petit-Zeman, PhD, Association of Medical Research Charities, 61 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8TL (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Association of Medical Research Charities supported this study. The AMRC is funded by subscriptions from member charities, including the Wellcome Trust (full list available at www.amrc.org.uk). The authors thank Learning Set members for sharing their experiences. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: July-September 2010 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 249-256 doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e3181e5d279 Buy Metrics Abstract Improving patient and public involvement in research is now an established goal of UK science policy. With many medical research charities often representing distinct patient groups as part of their broader charitable role, or having strong patient groups allied to them, patient and public involvement would seem “natural ground” for them. The Association of Medical Research Charities Natural Ground project brought together a learning set of staff and volunteers from member organizations to discuss current activities and share best practice. This article identifies 5 areas where medical research charities involve patients and discusses some of the methods used. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.