Health Expectations has published ‘Engaging patients in primary care design: An evaluation of a novel approach to co-designing care’. The research was funded by a Patient‐Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award.
By assessing and processing the impact of a collaborative effort to design a new clinic service, researchers highlighted the importance of patients being equal partners in the design process. They balanced the number of patient and clinical provider/staff co-designers involved and recruited patients to represent diverse perspectives.
The study found pre‐event orientation and interactive methods used throughout fostered positive collaboration, as well as personal growth for the patients. It highlights the feasibility and benefits of including a roughly equal number of patients and clinical providers/staff in design events and ensuring diverse patient perspectives.