In general, participants anticipated that partnerships would improve in quality and quantity over time – particularly in terms of processes related to engagement and in terms of helping to focus on patients’ needs and priorities. They also noted the recent growth in the number of opportunities for funding related to partnership. Participants saw patient engagement in research as a relatively new approach in comparison to traditional research and highlighted the need to be able to measure the impact of these efforts in the future.
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Overall, participants felt that the process of patient engagement would become more ‘automatic’ in the future, and one researcher described the current stage of patient engagement as one with ‘growing pains’. Some envisioned that there would be more guidelines, resources and more scrutiny of the patient partner role. Participants also expressed hope that in the future patient engagement would be more transparent, democratic and diverse with a deeper level of sharing, interest and recognition for this approach.
More diversity is needed in the kind of patients involved in research suggests Maureen
My hope – I don’t think it’s going to go backwards, like I think it’s here to stay. I guess my hope is that I really would like to see more diversity. I’d like to see more myths dispelled about what it takes to get involved so that people who […]
One researcher mentioned that developing a relationship with your institution is helpful throughout the process. For example, Janet said “Also I find, as I work I do communicate a lot with the institutions where I’m based and I find relationships there, as I keep them in informed and work with them and push the boundaries or ask them to do different things, I find that it gets easier to work with them. They sort of come to anticipate our needs and that in the work and so that’s helpful.”
Researchers spoke about the importance of being able to demonstrate the impact of patient engagement in the future. Or, as expressed by one participant, …”we need to demonstrate why patient engagement is contributing to making research better”.
Ideally, Annette would like to see patient engagement evolve from a community to a movement with real influence.
Well you know we did a think-tank in early February, the Executive, and we see like in the next two years as we complete our five-year mandate, we’re looking at okay where do we need to get to in terms of patient engagement and building a community of patient-oriented researchers […]
Linking engagement, the quality of research and impact on the lives of Canadians is key, says Nicolas.
Yeah definitely if we can show in some way that it makes a difference in terms of the quality of research being done, for sure. If we show also so that it makes a difference in the quality of life of Canadians or people, if we can sort of make […]
Certain researchers made a distinction between traditional research methods and how patient engagement approaches and research based on real-life struggles contribute to the development of new approaches. Or, in other words, participants felt that traditional paradigms for research are being challenged by patient engagement approaches as well as research based on lived experiences.
From her experience, Wendy highlights the need to adapt research knowledge to Indigenous realities.
Interviewer: And what do you think has changed for you now that you’ve gotten involved in these types of partnerships? Yeah that’s a really great question because a lot has changed for me. A lot has changed for me both from how I see the clinical world and the health […]
Having patients and clinicians share their stories in the classroom has been a powerful teaching tool for Martin.
Interviewer: And do you talk to your students in class about this? I do, I do. I’m actually very proud to say that I do what I preach, and so I try to bring different views, points of view, to the classroom. I try to bring patients themselves. I try […]
Variation in patterns of illness across different groups indicates that things must be done differently, according to Nicolas.
Policy makers. Yeah, I think, I mean the prevalence of disease in many parts of the world, in Canada as well, in different populations, and I’m thinking specifically about the Indigenous population — it’s completely off the map. It’s unacceptable. It’s just not acceptable that the incidence of kidney disease […]
In addition, patient engagement may contribute to a different research focus or agenda, as community members may perceive different types of gaps versus the researchers. Several patients expressed a hope that the level of patient participation will increase or that involvement would improve at an earlier stage of research. One patient described how health policy should help position patients at the top of the researchers’ pyramid, and that everybody else should help the patient stay on top.
With regards to funding, researchers noted that there were more calls for funding and that funding agencies were more open to patient engagement in recent years. However, researchers also expressed difficulties in the current funding climate. One patient noted that there are currently no funding mechanisms for patients to lead research and that there is a risk of disillusionment if patients are only engaged because it is a grant requirement.
It appears to Mona that funding agencies are more aware of the importance of patient engagement
Well, I – you know, it’s a reality that there’s limited funds for research period and for qualitative research it’s even more difficult and more challenging to receive funding. But having said that, with the – there’s a move, you know, from, you know, inpatient to ambulatory care. It’s a […]
Funding is becoming more difficult but Nicholas hopes that health research will be spared
But in general, I must say that my outlook towards research is dire. It’s becoming very difficult to conduct it. We’re living in more and more in a society where that kind of investment in something that doesn’t really return very fast, is not very politically accepted. And so funding […]
As part of the research process, but an activity often under-resourced, Laurie brought attention to the need for more effort on the dissemination of the research results (known as knowledge translation).
With greater efforts on knowledge translation (KT), Laurie believe that knowledge will be used and patients will benefit.
I think you’ll see more – I see a world where patients are more involved and we’ll see more uptake of the research in the real world, right. Because that’s what they care about, right; they want – or at least I know I care about that, like, I want […]
Review date: 2022-03