Patient engagement with research: European population register study

Christopher McKevitt, Nina Fudge, Siobhan Crichton, Yannick Bejot, Benot Daubail, Antonio Di Carlo, Patricia Fearon, Peter Kolominsky-Rabas, Anita Sheldenkar, Sophie Newbound, Charles DA Wolfe, the European Implementation Score (EIS) Collaborative Group

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BACKGROUND: Lay involvement in implementation of research evidence into practice may include using research findings to guide individual care, as well as involvement in research processes and policy development. Little is known about the conditions required for such involvement.

AIM: To assess stroke survivors' research awareness, use of research evidence in their own care and readiness to be involved in research processes.

METHODS: Cross sectional survey of stroke survivors participating in population-based stroke registers in six European centres.

RESULTS: The response rate was 74% (481/647). Reasons for participation in register research included responding to clinician request (56%) and to 'give something back' (19%); however, 20% were unaware that they were participating in a stroke register. Research awareness was generally low: 57% did not know the purpose of the register they had been recruited to; 73% reported not having received results from the register they took part in; 60% did not know about any research on stroke care. Few participants (7.6%) used research evidence during their consultations with a doctor. The 34% of participants who were interested in being involved in research were younger, more highly educated and already research aware.

CONCLUSIONS: Across Europe, stroke survivors already participating in research appear ill informed about stroke research. Researchers, healthcare professionals and patient associations need to improve how research results are communicated to patient populations and research participants, and to raise awareness of the relationship between research evidence and increased quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3248-3261
Number of pages14
JournalHealth expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy
Issue number6
Early online date3 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


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