Dr. Bertrand Lebouché.

Patient partnership in health research gives an opportunity for the patient to become part of the solution to the problems that afflict them, from setting priorities to translating results into practice. Prior to the pandemic, funding bodies increasingly required investigators to involve patients throughout the research process. In an article on the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) website, Dr. Bertrand Lebouché discusses the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient engagement in research. 

COVID-19 had a catastrophic impact on patient engagement in health research. With COVID-19, these requirements mostly fell by the wayside. Of course, COVID-19 is an exceptional circumstance. But you can ask the population, ‘What do you think? What do you need?’ And this was not done. —Dr. Bertrand Lebouché

Dr. Lebouché recently received an emergency grant from the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) to adapt a mobile phone application for patients with COVID-19. To know more, read the article on the CMAJ website.