We recognize the effort that goes into providing patient perspectives to CADTH reviews of medical procedures, devices, and drugs. Our reviews are used by health ministries and publicly funded drug plans to make funding and use decisions. Patients’ perspectives contribute to the scientific and democratic legitimacy of our work.
Some patient groups contribute to our reviews with the aim of securing public funding of a drug or medical device. Some want to highlight the needs of different communities, with a goal of reducing health inequities. Others want to contribute to shared knowledge about an illness or therapy.
CADTH uses patient perspectives in different ways in our reviews. In our Reimbursement Reviews, we’re often asking: Which patients need this drug? At what cost does the drug provide benefit over what is already publicly funded? Expert review committees reflect on how clinical and economic evidence addresses patients’ needs, as explained by patient groups. The questions asked by health ministries and hospitals in our Health Technology Reviews vary from review to review. Here again, patients contribute to our understanding of the illness, the device or drug, and how trial data compares to the experiences of patients and caregivers in Canada.
Every few months, we’ll share updated examples of how insights from patients and caregivers are used in CADTH reviews. We hope this will help patient groups determine their returns on investment when contributing, show what information is of most benefit to CADTH teams and committees, and inspire new patients and communities to get involved.