Featured Health Topic: Doctor-Patient Communication
The 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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