Health and Aging

Featured Health Topic: Doctor-Patient Communication

Featured Research

Researchers reviewing test results on a computer screenThe University of Maryland and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute recently released a report, “Integrating Patients’ Voices in Study Design Elements,” focusing  on ways to more successfully engage underserved individuals in clinical trials and other research.  A central theme?  Good communication.  The report’s “10 Solid Suggestions: How to Elicit Hard-to-Reach Patients’ Perspectives and Partner with Patient Communities” include keeping people  up-to-date on what is going on with the research; educating patients about  exactly what is meant by the term “research” as well as the purpose of research; and making a lay summary of study findings available to study volunteers.

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