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Well-informed patients and carers have a key role to play in the implementation of patient-centred prevention, treatment and care. Patient groups have a crucial role to play in supporting patients making their own choices, and are often forgotten as key stakeholders in society and healthcare. Patients need to sit at the table when health policy decisions are being made on their behalf. In science, they have unique knowledge and experience which can improve research.

The Patvocates Network is both a patient-driven think tank and patient-focused consultancy in the triangle of patient advocacy, health policy and social media, run by activists with decades of experience in patient advocacy.

Latest blog posts

Why emotions matter

By Tamás Bereczky | May 3, 2017

Our work in patient advocacy comes from a human rights-based perspective. The right to health is a fundamental human right[1], and all individuals are entitled to the highest attainable quality of health regardless of their legal or health status or any other characteristics. We also believe and argue throughout our body of…

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Don’t know how to do it? Here’s the practical roadmap on patient involvement in research and development

By Jan Geissler | March 27, 2017

The development of new therapies is a highly regulated, costly, long and complex process. In an era of growing demand, pressure on healthcare budgets, and emphasis on patient-centricity, quality and sustainability of healthcare, it is critical to take patients’ needs into account at all stages of research – from research…

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David Haerry

David Haerry

By admin | March 30, 2017

David U. Haerry Treatment Writer and Conference Reporter David has been involved with health care professionals’ education projects since 2007 and, in 2015, became Secretary General for the Swiss Academic Foundation on Education in Infectious Diseases (SAFE-ID). He has been Work-Package Co-leader and a member of the Executive Committee for…

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Jan Geissler

By Jan Geissler | March 16, 2017

Research Patient Advocate and Social Media Expert Founder and Managing Director, Patvocates GmbH, Germany Director, European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI) Co-Founder, CML Advocates Network / Vice President Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation, Switzerland Chair, Leukaemie-Online / LeukaNET e.V., Germany Jan Geissler is founder and managing director of Patvocates, a…

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Tamás Bereczky

By Tamás Bereczky | March 28, 2017

Originally a linguist (ELTE University of Budapest), and psychologists (Open University), Tamás does research into the significance and perspectives of patient organizations in Europe. In addition to his work as a group therapist, he also works as an advisor to EACS, UNAIDS and ECDC in matters concerning HIV, HCV, men…

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