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Eye tracking research: seen through the patient's eyes
  1. Simon Erridge,
  2. Hajra Ashraf,
  3. James Dilley,
  4. Ara Darzi,
  5. Mikael H Sodergren
  1. Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mikael H Sodergren, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London, Academic Surgical Unit, 10th Floor QEQM, St Mary's Hospital, South Wharf Road, London W2 1NY, UK; m.sodergren{at}

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There is a changing dynamic in research that aims to increase the participation of patients in its design and implementation. Patient and public involvement (PPI) is essential for achieving valid, clinically applicable results. A systematic review by Brett et al1 demonstrated the potential benefits of PPI in establishing and undertaking research, and writing-up and disseminating results. Eye tracking is an innovative technology used extensively in allied fields such as psychology and aerospace.2 It is increasingly used in surgical research,3 particularly assessment and training. Despite the growing popularity of the technology, there are no data investigating the patient's experience and views relating to this technology. This study aims to elicit the perception of patients' involvement in eye tracking research in order to improve their experience and the overall quality of the research.


This was a cross-sectional, qualitative study of participants concurrently involved in eye tracking research for two different ongoing clinical studies at Imperial …

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