PerspectivePATIENT ENGAGEMENT

On the path to a science of patient input

Science Translational Medicine  27 Apr 2016:
Vol. 8, Issue 336, pp. 336ps11
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf6730

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Abstract

It is early days in the creation of a science of patient input. Participants are establishing rigorous methods to better integrate patient perspectives, needs, and priorities throughout biomedical and bioengineering R&D and care delivery to patients. To assess progress and unmet needs, FasterCures tracked more than 70 collaborative initiatives clustered in six categories that are defining and shaping this developing field. No longer is patient engagement a fanciful notion as it was at the start of our journey in 2003, and the rush of activity is welcome and vital.

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