Biobanking from the patient perspective

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Biobanks and biobanking research plays an increasingly important role in healthcare research and delivery as health systems become more patient-centred and medicine becomes more personalised. There is also growing ac-ceptance and appreciation of the value that patients, patient advocacy organi-sations and the public can bring as stakeholders in biobanking and more generally in research. Therefore, the importance of active, early and sustained engagement and involvement of patient and public representatives in biobanks will become increasingly relevant. Organising and facilitating patient and public involvement in biobanking takes considerable time and effort for all stakeholders involved. Therefore, for any biobank operator considering involving patients and the public in their biobanking activities, consideration of bestpractices,currentguidance,ethical issues and evaluation of involvement will be important. In this article, we demonstrate that patients are much more than donors to biobanks—they are collaborators at the heart of biobanking with an important voice to identify perspective, which can be an extremely valuable resource for all biobanks to utilise. The case studies herein provide examples of good practice of patient involvement in biobanking as well as outcomes from these practices, and lessons learned. Our aim is to provide useful insights from these efforts and potential future strategies for the multiple stakeholders that work with patients and the public involved in biobank-based research.




Mitchell, D., Geissler, J., Parry-Jones, A., Keulen, H., Schmitt, D. C., Vavassori, R., & Matharoo-Ball, B. (2015, June 25). Biobanking from the patient perspective. Research Involvement and Engagement. BioMed Central Ltd.

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