Putting it into Practice

Title: Co-building a patient-oriented research curriculum in Canada.
Author: Tim Bell, Lidewij Eva Vat, Colleen McGavin, Malori Keller, Leah Getchell, Anna Rychtera and Nicolas Fernandez.
Date Published: 2019
Reference: Research Involvement and Engagement 5:7
Are service users or carers authors: Yes

Abstract: Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research is a course designed and piloted in Canada to help patients, researchers, health care professionals and health system decision-makers gain an introductory understanding of patient-oriented research, the research enterprise, and how to work in a team. The course curriculum was co-developed by a diverse group of people with different lived experiences and relevant expertise. The course is meant to be delivered in a ‘co-learning format’ with classes comprised of all the above stakeholder groups learning together. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of the project leaders, developers, facilitators and patient co-facilitators who were involved in the process of co-developing, piloting and revising the curriculum. Our findings suggest that co-developing a patient-oriented research curriculum increases its quality, uptake and credibility. The co-development process not only resulted in training that benefited the target learners, but it provided valuable learning experiences about patient-oriented research for the project leaders, developers, facilitators and patient co-facilitators. These findings and the resulting recommendations may provide guidance for other learning and development groups wishing to undertake a similar project.

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Categories: journal article
service users and carers
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training and supporting service users
staff in research organisations
training and supporting researchers

Date Entered: 2019/02/15

Date Edited: 2019/02/15

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