A study published in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy reports on the different ways patients can be involved in health technology assessments (HTA) and clinical practice guidelines (CPG) processes and their challenges, as well as on the approaches that can be used to inform patients about this topic in Finland. While multichannel communication on CPGs and HTAs was seen as essential, the authors also outlined a wide variety of communication channels such as internet/social media, patient organisation, health care professionals and media,. This included incorporating patient representatives in the different stages of HTA and CPG groups. The authors especially note the important role of patient organisations for ensuring the involvement of patients during decision making as well as keeping them informed of the HTA and CPG decisions.
OrphaNews January 27, 2016
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