The Patient Effect (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 25min

The Patient Effect is a half-hour documentary telling the story of public and patient involvement (PPI) in biomedical research – how tapping into the lived experience of patients, their families and carers, hugely enhances the quality and relevance of medical science. The documentary follows three patients: Paul Ryan, father to Sophia who was born premature at 25 weeks, is contributing to a major research programme exploring the most effective methods to treat babies with brain injury.

Cameron Keighron lives with Type 1 diabetes and has spent five years collaboratively developing a new way to deliver healthcare to young people with diabetes. Margaret Devaney provides a first-hand account of the impact that chronic nerve pain has on her day-to-day life to medical device developers working on a brand new treatment. The Patient Effect demonstrates how PPI empowers patients like Margaret, Sophia and Cameron to speak about their experiences and needs, and gives scientists a way to communicate their work with the public.

Ishka Films was awarded the 2019 ‘Science on Screen’ grant to produce The Patient Effect. CÚRAM (Centre for Research in Medical Devices) & Galway Film Centre run this scheme in order to facilitate, promote and increase the inclusion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) content in film and TV production.

This film is part of the Science on Screen Showcase Strand and will be followed by a Q&A.


Mia Mullarkey


Mia Mullarkey


Alice McDowell


Anna Mullarkey

Director of Photography

Kevin Minogue


Julie Flavin