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Patient involvement makes for better research

Added: Monday 1 June 2015

An article in the latest issue of Cancer World explores the changing role of patients and patient advocates within medical research. Analysis finds that many clinical trials are asking the wrong questions and ignoring patient priorities. For example, most research about osteoarthritis of the knee focuses on drug testing, while patients are much more interested in research on physiotherapy and surgery. Studies where patient involvement is built into the research from an early stage tend to be much better at answering the questions patients care about.