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Letters The BMJ’s own patient journey

The next step in the patient revolution: patients initiating and leading research

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 01 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4318
  1. Effy Vayena, senior research fellow1
  1. 1University of Zurich, 8032 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. vayena{at}

The BMJ has taken the lead in facilitating meaningful patient partnership, but an important aspect of patient participation is underplayed in the editorial by Richards and Godlee.1 This is the phenomenon of patients (and their families, friends, and others) playing a leading part in initiating and …

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