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:
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.