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New article explores preparing for patient partnership

Apr 7, 2020

Marissa Bird

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Engaging patients and their caregivers as members of research teams is an increasingly popular practice. How does this approach affect research? And what are the best things to do – and best things to avoid – when engaging these partners?

Marissa Bird, a PhD student in the nursing program, is the lead author on a new review about patient engagement. The study has just been published in the journal Health Expectations.

“Our team undertook this review in order to shed light on the reported impacts associated with this practice, as well as barriers and facilitators to operationalizing patient partnerships,” says Bird. “We found that through the application of purposeful strategies such as adequately preparing patient partners for engagement and valuing the work of partners, researchers were able to build and sustain meaningful partnerships.”

This study was led by Marissa Bird (first author) and Dr. Sandra Carroll (senior author), and included a mixed faculty and student team. The other McMaster graduate students are: Carley Ouellette, Carly Whitmore, and Lin Li.

 Bird’s PhD supervisor is Dr. Michael McGillion.

You can read the article at


Marissa Bird, Carley Ouellette, Carly Whitmore, Lin Li, Kalpana Nair, Michael H. McGillion, Jennifer Yost, Laura Banfield, Elaine Campbell, Sandra L. Carroll (2020). Preparing for patient partnership: A scoping review of patient partner engagement and evaluation in research. Health Expectations, First published:10 March 2020. 


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