Patient-Centered Approach:  Participatory Action Res Clin Trials

Toward a Patient-Centered Approach: Incorporating Principles of Participatory Action Research Into Clinical Studies

Margaret A. White, MIR

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Marja J. Verhoef, PhD

Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4N1.E-mail:mverhoef@ucalgary.ca.

Despite the shift to patient-centered care in recent years, many clinical studies continue to reinforce the traditional researcher/subject relationship.

In contrast, action research engages study participants in a collaborative relationship with researchers.

Objectives: To review the benefits of adding a participatory component to an existing study with respect to

(1) engaging participants in the research process to clarify and validate qualitative findings,

(2) engaging participants in the change process to develop potential solutions for improving integrative cancer services, and

(3) giving voice to the concerns of patients using complementary and alternative medicine.

Method: Focus groups were used to clarify concepts arising from patient interviews and to provide a forumfor participants to develop recommendations and facilitate dissemination.

Conclusion: Our approach empowered patients by involving them in the research and in developing solutions for how health care providers, policy makers, and researchers can enhance an integrative approach to cancer care.

Integrative Cancer Therapies, Vol. 4, No. 1, 21-24 (2005) DOI: 10.1177/1534735404273727 March 2005


James Lind Alliance

LINK to UK-based org "Tackling treatment uncertainties together" Looks into patient/clinician research priorities


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