Lay and professional stakeholder involvement in scoping palliative care issues: methods used in seven European countries

Brereton, Louise and Ingleton, Christine and Gardiner, Clare and Goyder, Elizabeth and Mozygemba, Kati and Mozygemba, Kristin Bakke and Tummers, Marcia and Sacchini, Dario and Leppert, Wojciech and Blaževičienė, Aurelija and van der Wilt, Gert-Jan and Refolo, Pietro and Denicol, Martina and Chilcott, James and Oortwijn, Wija (2017) Lay and professional stakeholder involvement in scoping palliative care issues: methods used in seven European countries. Palliative Medicine, 31 (2). pp. 181-192. ISSN 0269-2163

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Background: Stakeholders are people with an interest in a topic. Internationally, stakeholder involvement in palliative care research and Health Technology Assessment requires -development Stakeholder involvement adds value throughout research (from prioritizing topics to disseminating findings). Philosophies and understandings about the best ways to involve stakeholders in research differ internationally. Stakeholder involvement took place in seven countries (England, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway and Poland). Findings informed a project that developed concepts and methods for HTA and applied these to evaluate models of palliative care service delivery.
Aims: To report on stakeholder involvement in the INTEGRATE-HTA project and how issues identified informed project development.
Design: Using stakeholder consultation or a qualitative research design, as appropriate locally, stakeholders in seven countries acted as ‘advisors’ to aid researchers’ decision making. Thematic analysis was used to identify key issues across countries.
Setting/participants: 132 stakeholders (82 professionals and 50 ‘lay’ people) aged ≥18 participated in individual face-to-face or telephone interviews, consultation meetings or focus groups.
Results: Different stakeholder involvement methods were used successfully to identify key issues in palliative care. Twenty-three issues common to three or more countries informed decisions about the intervention and comparator of interest; sub questions and specific assessments within the HTA.
Conclusions: Stakeholders, including patients and families undergoing palliative care, can inform project decision making using various involvement methods according to the local context. Researchers should consider local understandings about stakeholder involvement as views of appropriate and feasible methods vary. Methods for stakeholder involvement, especially consultation, need further development.

Keywords:Patient Involvement, palliative care, Health Technology Assessment
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:07 Feb 2017 19:59

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