patient engagement, family involvement, health research, partnership, compensation
Patient and family engagement has become a widely accepted approach in health care research. We recognize that research conducted in partnership with people with relevant lived experience can substantially improve the quality of that research and lead to meaningful outcomes. Despite the benefits of patient-researcher collaboration, research teams sometimes face challenges in answering the questions of how patient and family research partners should be compensated, due to the limited guidance and lack of infrastructure for acknowledging partner contributions. In this paper, we present some of the resources that might help teams to navigate conversations about compensation with their patient and family partners and report how existing resources can be leveraged to compensate patient and family partners fairly and appropriately. We also present some of our first-hand experiences with patient and family compensation and offer suggestions for research leaders, agencies, and organizations so that the health care stakeholders can collectively move toward more equitable recognition of patient and family partners in research.
Novak-Pavlic M, Gorter JW, Phoenix, MP, Micsinszki SK, Pozniak K, Li L, Nguyen L, Soper AK, Kwok EYL, Bootsma JN, Buchanan F, Davis H, Abdel Malek S, van Meeteren KM, Rosenbaum P. Patients and families as partners in patient-oriented research: How should they be compensated? J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2023;10:82-90. doi: 10.17294/2330-0698.1975