Impact on Research – Dawn


In Dawn’s project, engaging patients highlighted just how different the perspective of the patient can be from that of health professionals.


So as I just mentioned in my previous comment, I think having patients and caregivers involved on the team helped us sort of ground the projects in a realistic perspective from their views, not just from ours as researchers or as healthcare professionals that were also on the team. It helps us reaffirm why we’re doing the project and the perspectives of patients and family.

I also think that having her on the project also brought up issues that we hadn’t thought about and, as I mentioned, reminded us that we need to pay attention to not just the patients with cancer but also the caregivers involved in their symptom management.

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