Meaningful Patient Involvement
In FP7 Research
Nicola Bedlington
Open Information Day
8 June 2010
The presentation
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An introduction to European Patients’ Forum
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The rationale behind and added value of involving patients meaningfully in
health related research
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The outcomes of the Value+ project on meaningful patients’ involvement in
EU health related projects and policies, led by the European Patients’
Forum
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Partnering with patient organisations – how EPF can help
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Conclusions
European Patients’ Forum
Strong and united voice
Umbrella body of 45 European disease specific patients’
organisations and national coalitions
150 million EU patients with chronic conditions
Vision: high quality, patient-centred equitable healthcare across the
EU
Literature – Patient Involvement
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Considerable benefits of patient
involvement
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Need for increased policy attention
and investment
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‘“Research with” rather than ‘research
on’ patients an imperative – patients –
ultimate beneficiaries
Source : ‘What research means to patients, and the importance of
partnership with practitioners in research’ Hazel Thornton - Department of
Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Evidence from the project on Value+ on FP6 and FP7
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patient involvement weaker in research
projects than in other projects, especially
those focused on clinical trials, studies or
development of technologies and devices
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Limited patient involvement at the
inception and planning stage, in the
governance structures of project
Know-how in Patient Involvement
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Project coordinators - clear interest in developing patient involvement
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Challenge - how to translate this in practice
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Counter attitude -patients’ organisations not credible and equal partner
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Education of patients and the public about research concepts is essential
‘The Value and Challenges of Participatory Research: Strengthening Its Practice’, Margaret
Cargo and Shawna L. Mercer
Strengths of Patient Involvement
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When patients engaged from the onset - more
committed to applying research in real life
settings
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Key strength -integration of researchers’
theory expertise with patients’ real-world
knowledge and experiences .Balance scientific
excellence with social and cultural relevance
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Patients’ organisations – key role in translating
outcomes into policy environment, and
dissemination of results in an accessible and
inclusive way
Value+ Outcomes
Series of tools:
to enable patients to become more
involved in EU funded projects including
research projects
for project promoters and coordinator to
acquire more skills to enable them to
facilitate in practice
a series of policy recommendations look
at linking research project outcomes with
patient – centred policy development
Comprehensive Directory of Patient
Organisations in every EU member state
Value+ Handbook
Why
 Two-fold purpose: raising awareness
and providing know-how
What
 Value+ Model of Meaningful Patient
Involvement
 Involvement
 Knowing
at each project stage
and understanding patients
and patient organisations to work
effectively together
Putting the Tools into Practice
Real commitment to involving patients
+
Partnership with EPF / Value + tools
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Greater awareness among patients to get involved
Great receptiveness and know-how among project
promoters and innovators
Access to credible patient organisations ready to contribute
their unique expertise and know-how meaningfully
Conclusions
Advances to patient involvement in research practice over the next
decade :
 Establishing the effectiveness of patient research, involvement in
achieving health outcomes
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Patients – equal and respected research partners
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Increasing Patient Research education and training opportunities
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Achieving greater support for Patient Research approaches among
funders and institutions.
More Information?
www.eu-patient.eu
[email protected]
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