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Patient and Public Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Properly Integrate Citizen’s Input into Science

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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Granada, 18016 Granada, Spain
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Consortium for Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria (ibs.Granada), 18014 Granada, Spain
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Reproductive Medicine Unit, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London Hospitals, London WC1E 6BT, UK
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Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7 AL, UK
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology CIMT-Centre for Innovative Medical Technologies Odense University Hospital, 5000 Odense C, Denmark
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8048; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218048
Received: 21 September 2020 / Revised: 26 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 31 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Policies and Strategies in Sexual and Reproductive Health)
Evidence-based sexual and reproductive health is a global endeavor without borders. Inter-sectorial collaboration is essential for identifying and addressing gaps in evidence. Health research funders and regulators are promoting patient and public involvement in research, but there is a lack of quality tools for involving patients. Partnerships with patients are necessary to produce and promote robust, relevant and timely research. Without the active participation of women as stakeholders, not just as research subjects, the societal benefits of research cannot be realized. Creating and developing platforms and opportunities for public involvement in sexual and reproductive health research should be a key international objective. Cooperation between healthcare professionals, academic institutions and the community is essential to promote quality research and significant developments in women’s health. This cooperation will be improved when involvement of citizens in the research process becomes standard. View Full-Text
Keywords: patient and public involvement; women; health; research; international collaboration patient and public involvement; women; health; research; international collaboration
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García-Martín, M.; Amezcua-Prieto, C.; H Al Wattar, B.; Jørgensen, J.S.; Bueno-Cavanillas, A.; Khan, K.S. Patient and Public Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Properly Integrate Citizen’s Input into Science. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8048. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218048

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García-Martín M, Amezcua-Prieto C, H Al Wattar B, Jørgensen JS, Bueno-Cavanillas A, Khan KS. Patient and Public Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Properly Integrate Citizen’s Input into Science. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8048. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218048

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García-Martín, Miguel; Amezcua-Prieto, Carmen; H Al Wattar, Bassel; Jørgensen, Jan S.; Bueno-Cavanillas, Aurora; Khan, Khalid S. 2020. "Patient and Public Involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Time to Properly Integrate Citizen’s Input into Science" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 21: 8048. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218048

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