Patient oriented research in mental health: matching laboratory to life and beyond in Canada [letter]

Jenessa N Johnston, Lisa Ridgway, Sarah Cary-Barnard, Josh Allen, Carla L Sanchez-Lafuente, Brady Reive, Lisa E Kalynchuk, Hector J Caruncho
2021 Research Involvement and Engagement  
This paper presents a roadmap for patient-oriented research in mental health in Canada. At the level of laboratory science, the direct involvement of patients and their collaboration with researchers on experimental development and dissemination of results has been scarce. With voices of collaborative patient partners, graduate students and the principal-investigator, it makes a clear case for involving people with lived experience within translational mental health research, which has shown
more » ... which has shown positive outcomes that could potentially shape public policy and future practice. Starting with the premise that meaningful engagement spurs meaningful results, the paper addresses current literature, a discussion of the challenges faced by researchers and patient partners and includes a consideration of COVID-19 consequences. Ending with clear recommendations, this paper is an exciting call to action for involving patient partners in the full research cycle of mental health research and beyond.
doi:10.1186/s40900-021-00266-1 pmid:33902751 fatcat:vvww3qp4qjc7td6n66emvj53rm