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Putting patients at the heart of Annual Meeting

HTAi and its Patient and Citizen Involvement in HTA Interest Group’s (PCIG) have supported and encouraged patient participation at the annual meetings for several years.
Now a working group is aiming to improve the experiences of patients who take part.

The HTAi Working Group: Patient Involvement in HTAi 2021 Annual Meeting is developing approaches to attract, welcome and support patients at this year’s meeting and to develop processes that can be mainstreamed to support patient attendance at all future HTAi conferences.
The working group is chaired by Karen Facey (PCIG founder) and the HTAi 2021 Local Organising Committee patient representatives, patient involvement experts from the HTA bodies in the UK and the PCIG Chair. To date the group has identified a range of improvements including briefings for patients and moderators, clearly defined patient session streams, buddying, areas for rest, and evaluation of patients’ experience at the conference. “The importance of patient involvement in HTA has never been of more interest,” said Karen Facey. “’Patients at the heart of innovation’ is a key theme of this year’s meeting and we want patient participants to feel valued and able to participate easily. “The HTAi Annual Meeting is an important place for expert discussion and shared learning for all involved in HTA, but we need to invest more in ensuring it meets these goals for patients and their representatives.”

On March 25, the PCIG launched this year’s PCIG PASS to support patient and patient representatives attend HTAi 2021. The grant-funded by sponsorship from Edwards Lifesciences, Janssen and Novartis – will enable patients to attend HTAi 2021 for free. PCIG will also provide a virtual pre-meeting briefing for any interested patient participants and will evaluate experiences after the meeting. It is also forming a project sub-committee to take forward the recommendations of the Working Group.

Patients or patient group representatives with a strong interest in health technology assessment can find out more about the PCIG PASS by emailing [email protected] Applications close 16 April 2021.

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