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Partnering with patients

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Partnering with patients

In June 2014 The BMJ launched a strategy to promote patient partnership. It took this step because it sees partnering with patients, their families, carers, advocacy groups, and the public as an ethical imperative, which is essential to improving the quality, safety, cost effectiveness, and sustainability of healthcare.

The strategy brings landmark changes to The BMJ’s internal processes, and seeks to place the journal at the forefront of the international debate on the science, art, and implementation of meaningful and productive partnership with patients. It was “co –produced” with the members of its new international patient advisory panel, which was set up in January 2014 to help steer the implementation of this strategy.

The internal changes The BMJ has introduced are aimed at making patient partnership integral to the way the journal works and thinks, as well as something we advocate for in healthcare. Steps taken include:

  • Asking authors of educational articles to co-produce their papers with patients and state the nature of their involvement.
  • Requesting authors of research papers to state if and how they involved patients in setting the research question, the outcome measures, the design and implementation of the study, and the dissemination of its results.
  • Embedding patient review of papers in our standard peer review processes. Readers are invited to help us in this initiative by extending this invitation to patients.
  • Appointing patients and patient advocates to our editorial board. Also, by appointing Rosamund Snow as patient editor to bring the patients’ perspective to discussions that are conducted by internal decision making committees. Rosamund launched a new article series, What your patient is thinking, in January 2015.

In recognition of the journals initiative The BMJ was the first medical journal to receive a “Patients Included” certificate


The “Patients Included” campaign is a campaign that the journal supports and is actively advocating for. We are also promoting initiatives such as OpenNotes, as the journal views full access to personal health records as a fundamental right, which is central to increasing health literacy and promoting self care.

In February 2015 The BMJ published one of its Spotlight series of articles on patient centred care, supported by DNV.GL.

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