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Methods for engaging stakeholders in comparative effectiveness research: A patient-centered approach to improving diabetes care

Engaging stakeholders in the research process has the potential to improve quality of care and the patient care experience. Online patient community surveys can elicit important topic areas for comparative effectiveness research. Stakeholder meetings with substantial patient representation, as well as representation from health care delivery systems and research funding agencies, are a valuable tool for selecting and refining pilot research and quality improvement projects. Giving patient stakeholders a deciding vote in selecting pilot research topics helps ensure their ‘voice’ is heard. Researchers and health care leaders should continue to develop best-practices and strategies for increasing patient involvement in comparative effectiveness and delivery science research.

Authors: Schmittdiel JA; Desai J; Schroeder EB; Paolino AR; Nichols GA; Lawrence JM; O'Connor PJ; Ohnsorg KA; Newton KM; Steiner JF

Healthc (Amst). 2015 Jun;3(2):80-8. Epub 2015-03-13.

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