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Listening to the Patient – Patient Focus Groups as a Strategy to Engage with Patients

May 2019

PainSolve Editorial Team

The importance of engaging with patients

The view of the patient is central to their care.

McPartland and Flowers, 20121


Encouraging patients to be engaged in their own health is a commonly stated goal for health- and medical-care practices and can be considered a cornerstone of quality of care.2 Patient engagement is important for a number of reasons. Traditionally, it was used to understand the impact of an illness on the individual, to help improve patient efforts to be involved in their own care.2 More recently, there are growing efforts to involve patients directly in the R&D clinical development stage of medicines, impacting the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of healthcare services, and thereby in shaping clinical practice to better meet individual needs.2,3

Several qualitative data production techniques have been used for engaging with patients, including patient-reported experience measures and patient-reported outcomes, which includes surveys, interviews, focus groups, and patient stories. This article centres on focus groups.


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