26 September 2018

Patient engagement along the value chain: APPROACH shares insights

During the IMI Scientific Symposium on October 22nd, Leonie Hussaarts (Lygature) and Jane Taylor (patient and Chair of the APPROACH Patient Council) will present invaluable insights and outline the key ingredients for successful patient engagement taken from the IMI-APPROACH project. The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) considers successful patient engagement to be an important part of medical research, and the IMI-APPROACH project shows how it can improve research projects.

The IMI-APPROACH project aims to improve future osteoarthritis trials by identifying biological markers for disease progression. By working extensively with its patient council, the IMI-APPROACH project has been taken to the next level. The patient council has been involved in the project from the start, and consists of experts with direct experience of living with osteoarthritis. These experts have provided valuable insights for both improvements in the study design, and for the development and improvement of communication materials within the project. They also give presentations on the patient perspective to project members.

If you’d like to know more about the value of patient engagement, and about key ingredients for success, then please join us for our plenary talk on October 22: ‘Patient involvement in the IMI-APPROACH project: invaluable insights and key ingredients’.


Five members of the APPROACH Patient Council in November 2017. FLTR: Jane Taylor, Maureen Grossman, Sjouke Dekker, Jon Skandsen, Kaoutar Douieb (https://www.approachproject.eu/about/patient-council).