There is increased academic interest in patient engagement in the health research process; for example, the literature on patient engagement grew more than 900% from 2000 to 2020, stemming, in part, from the 2010 establishment of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In line with this growth, in 2015, VA’s Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service established a national workgroup to develop goals for promoting Veteran research engagement nationally. Sponsored jointly by HSR&D and PCORI, this supplemental issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) highlights research on patient and Veteran engagement in health research, reflecting their shared goals in assessing engagement in research and informing a larger strategy to continue developing the science of engagement. This Supplement features more than 20 articles that provide a rich reflection of how partnering with patients and Veterans in research has evolved over the past decade. Articles cover topics from “Lessons Learned by Collaborating with Structurally Vulnerable Veterans via A Veterans Engagement Group” to “Veteran Engagement in Health Services Research” to an article by a Veteran on “Veterans Helping Veterans.”
Journal of General Internal Medicine. Special Supplement on “Patient and Veteran Engagement in Healthcare Research.” April 8, 2022.