In the last decade, international efforts have been focused on public engagement, to foster public involvement in the affairs and decisions of policy-makers and scientists, in order to open a mutual sharing of knowledge, values and beliefs. Our study describes a pilot experience of public engagement in a fringe field of biomedical research which involves caregivers of patients with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). For the 20th anniversary of Italian CdLS family’s association, a workshop focusing on progress and advancement of biomedical research on CdLS was organized for families. At the end participants were invited to complete a 14-item questionnaire, developed using a mixed method strategy with both quantitative (closed-ended) and qualitative (open-ended) data. Parents reported an overall good opinion of biomedical research (81.1%), reported trust in biomedical research (78.4%), and concluded that the basic research is as important as the clinical research (64.5%). However, only 19.4% of parents reported they were satisfied with the communication between researchers and society, and only 13.5% had a good perception of the availability of economic resources for research. Caregivers identified 4 areas of priorities: heuristic, functional, altruistic, and supportive; they reported to be highly satisfied with the workshop for both increasing knowledge about CdLS research, and for building up a network with supportive functions. Public engagement is a good way to inform caregivers about basic research progress, but also for informing researchers on the public’s views and concerns and for getting fresh and interesting perspectives.

Embedding public engagement in biomedical research : a pilot experience in the field of rare genetic disorders / L. Borghi, E. Vegni, S. Tajè, A. Selicorni, V. Massa. - In: JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES. - ISSN 1056-263X. - (2019 Nov 27). [Epub ahead of print] [10.1007/s10882-019-09705-0]

Embedding public engagement in biomedical research : a pilot experience in the field of rare genetic disorders

L. Borghi
Primo
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E. Vegni
Secondo
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V. Massa
Ultimo
2019

Abstract

In the last decade, international efforts have been focused on public engagement, to foster public involvement in the affairs and decisions of policy-makers and scientists, in order to open a mutual sharing of knowledge, values and beliefs. Our study describes a pilot experience of public engagement in a fringe field of biomedical research which involves caregivers of patients with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). For the 20th anniversary of Italian CdLS family’s association, a workshop focusing on progress and advancement of biomedical research on CdLS was organized for families. At the end participants were invited to complete a 14-item questionnaire, developed using a mixed method strategy with both quantitative (closed-ended) and qualitative (open-ended) data. Parents reported an overall good opinion of biomedical research (81.1%), reported trust in biomedical research (78.4%), and concluded that the basic research is as important as the clinical research (64.5%). However, only 19.4% of parents reported they were satisfied with the communication between researchers and society, and only 13.5% had a good perception of the availability of economic resources for research. Caregivers identified 4 areas of priorities: heuristic, functional, altruistic, and supportive; they reported to be highly satisfied with the workshop for both increasing knowledge about CdLS research, and for building up a network with supportive functions. Public engagement is a good way to inform caregivers about basic research progress, but also for informing researchers on the public’s views and concerns and for getting fresh and interesting perspectives.
biomedical research; caregivers; Cornelia De Lange syndrome; parents; public engagement; rare disease
Settore BIO/13 - Biologia Applicata
Settore M-PSI/08 - Psicologia Clinica
27-nov-2019
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