Stakeholder Engagement

Diverse Perspectives. Informed Decisions

Stakeholder engagement is an increasingly necessary component of successful clinical research. By engaging patients, clinicians, payers, and policymakers throughout the research process, scientists and experts can dramatically increase the utility and relevance of their findings — and, ultimately, provide the knowledge we all need to improve health care.  For more than 10 years, CMTP has skillfully engaged a wide range of stakeholders to address complex issues and help ensure that research is conducted in ways that lead to meaningful change. 

Our Experience
Through diverse initiatives, CMTP has refined the skills needed to engage and connect with all relevant health care stakeholders. We have established a wide array of contacts and relationships that enable us to build effective project teams and workgroups. Our engagement efforts lead to practical insights and outcomes grounded in diverse perspectives. We have successfully partnered on projects funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and many others. 

Our Approach
CMTP uses both established best practices and novel methods to solicit and incorporate stakeholder perspectives. We work to truly understand the core issues under consideration and the unique challenges of each stakeholder group. Our process gets everyone involved, focused on common objectives, and confident that their opinions are being heard. We tap our national and international network of patients and patient advocates, clinicians, industry representatives, policymakers, and payers to support each phase of the process. CMTP supports partners and clients from the initial drafting of research questions and proposals to final publication. We help prioritize the core issues, find the right participants, establish the protocol, facilitate the meetings, and interpret the findings. Stakeholder opinions are incorporated into all phases of our projects including topic generation, priority setting, study design, research standards development, as well as dissemination and implementation strategies.

Our Impact
Including the perspectives of all key stakeholders has powerful benefits, enhancing both the  short- and long-term relevance of clinical research efforts. Meaningful stakeholder engagement can:

  • Generate Better Evidence: Research—and its findings—are more immediately useful, as they are effectively grounded in the real world of clinical care delivery and the lived experience of patients and clinicians.
  • Drive the Right Research Priorities: Including a range of perspectives can ensure that studies look at the outcomes that influence health professional practice and guideline committees.
  • Yield Better Health Outcomes: Stakeholder-informed research can ultimately improve the entire health care eco-system, producing better quality and cost outcomes and building public trust in the larger research enterprise.