Patient engagement is defined as the meaningful involvement and active partnership of patients and key partners throughout the entire research project. This article reviews the importance of developing a patient engagement plan to promote better alignment of research with patients’ and clinicians’ real-world needs and concerns.
The Congenital Heart Initiative (CHI) launched in 2020 is an entirely web-based longitudinal registry designed in close coordination with the adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) community it is intended to serve. Successful community engagement has resulted in real-world data being collected in large scale in a rare disease population.
Establishing patient engagement plans is critical to conducting patient-centered outcomes research. Continued improvement of community engagement strategies is needed to ensure the entire ACHD population is represented to facilitate future research and improved clinical care. Read the full article here.