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CoRE-Milken Institute Regional Multi-Stakeholder Patient Engagement Roundtable Report

CoRE-Milken Institute Regional Multi-Stakeholder Patient Engagement Roundtable Report
Roundtable Summary

Accelerating Patient Engagement for More Resilient Health Systems 

The Milken Institute, Centre of Regulatory Excellence (CoRE), SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute, Rainbow Across Borders, and Patient Focused Medicines Development organized its second regional roundtable virtually November 23-24, 2020 centered on the theme “Accelerating Patient Engagement for Resilient Health Systems.” This built on the inaugural CoRE-Milken Institute patient engagement regional roundtable in 2019, which created a multi-stakeholder platform to accelerate patient engagement in health and access to medicines in Asia-Pacific.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented disruptions to our societies. Despite these challenges, this crisis also revealed how integral patient engagement and meaningful partnerships with community groups are to the resilience of the health system. CoRE’s patient engagement webinar in June 2020 highlighted how patients in South-East Asia have been impacted by the pandemic and how, as communities, they have come together to ensure support for those affected.

The COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to accelerate the transformation we want to see in the health system with regard to patient engagement in health care and access to essential health products. It is more important than ever to continue the multi-stakeholder conversation we started at the inaugural roundtable on how to take patient engagement further in this region. The second roundtable discussed insights from informal focus groups consisting of patient groups from five South-East Asian countries. The goal was to identify the gaps and opportunities for patient engagement in each country. The focus groups also discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patient engagement and stakeholder priorities.

The 63 participants at the roundtable included patient organizations, health policymakers, regulators, industry, and other health-care stakeholders from 16 countries. The key discussion points from the roundtable are summarized in this report and will guide action plans for future research and further engagement with stakeholders.

Read the report here.

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Yeen Chong, [email protected], +65 9155 3107

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