Better Knowledge. Better Health? Making Research Relevant, Accessible and Prioritized To Patient Needs
I recently gave a talk at the Cochrane UK and Ireland Symposium on the topic of empowering patients through making research findings openly available to them. It’s not enough however to make it available; researchers also have a duty to make it more understandable to patients and also more prioritized to what the patient actually needs. Assumptions are made every day about patients – assumptions which may lead to a failure to deliver optimum care. When these assumptions extend to research, quite often there is a mismatch between the questions that patients and their doctors want answers to – and the ones that researchers are investigating.
YouTube link (my talk begins at the 37:00 minute mark)