Patient and Public Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Properly Integrate Citizen’s Input into Science
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AuthorGarcía Martín, Miguel Ángel; Amezcua Prieto, María Del Carmen; Al Wattar, Bassel H; Jørgensen, Jan Stener; Bueno Cavanillas, Aurora; Saeed Khan, Khalid
Patient and public involvementWomenHealthResearchInternational collaboration
JS, J., & KS, K. (2020). Patient and public involvement in sexual and reproductive health: Time to properly integrate citizen’s input into science. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), 8048. [doi:10.3390/ijerph17218048]
Evidence-based sexual and reproductive health is a global endeavor without borders. Inter-sectorial collaboration is essential for identifying and addressing gaps in evidence. Health research funders and regulators are promoting patient and public involvement in research, but there is a lack of quality tools for involving patients. Partnerships with patients are necessary to produce and promote robust, relevant and timely research. Without the active participation of women as stakeholders, not just as research subjects, the societal benefits of research cannot be realized. Creating and developing platforms and opportunities for public involvement in sexual and reproductive health research should be a key international objective. Cooperation between healthcare professionals, academic institutions and the community is essential to promote quality research and significant developments in women’s health. This cooperation will be improved when involvement of citizens in the research process becomes standard.