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Patient narratives representing patient voices to inform research: a pilot qualitative study.

Ash JS, Cottrell E, Saxton L, Newman L, Gebhardt E, Helfand M. Patient narratives representing patient voices to inform research: a pilot qualitative study. Studies in health technology and informatics. 2015 Jan 1; 208:55-60.

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We are investigating the feasibility and effectiveness of establishing a library of patient narratives to inform patient-centered research in the U.S. Veterans Affairs organization. Using qualitative methods, we conducted a needs assessment of 15 researchers and then interviewed and videotaped 11 veterans with traumatic brain injury or diabetes. We developed a method for displaying the narratives to researchers modeled after a UK initiative called DIPEx and then performed preliminary usability testing. We found that it is not only feasible to provide researchers with patient narratives that could help guide their research, but that similar narratives might be useful to practitioners, health system decision makers, and other patients as well.

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