The engagement section of the Research Plan must be tailored to each research proposal’s specific aims, methods, and targeted end-users. PCORI asks that investigators provide a clear and concise justification in the proposal of both the types of patients and other stakeholders they intend to engage, and the types of activities in which they intend to engage those individuals. If investigators feel that it is not appropriate to engage patients in a proposed research project, they must provide a justification for why they feel patient engagement is not appropriate. Highly technical proposals should consider whether engagement of other stakeholders and/or end-users (e.g., data architects, clinicians, domain experts, health services researchers with different expertise than that of members of the research team, policy makers, etc.) would be of value to the research.
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