What does it mean to be a co-investigator?
A co-investigator works with researchers as an equal partner on all stages of research (design, conduct, and reporting of findings). A co-investigator might help decide which outcomes are important to the study, develop the aims and methods for the study, determine how to share findings, and write abstracts, publications, and grant proposals.
Why is it important?
The perspectives, guidance, and cooperation of patients at all stages of research is needed to ensure research is truly patient-centered and that it is done in a way that respects, and matters to, our patients and community.
What kind of opportunities are available for co-investigators?
- Developing a training program for patients to become partners in research and learning throughout the Geisinger
- Disseminating an interactive, patient-centered report for genomic test result information through the electronic medical record.
- Developing and evaluating a program to provide genetic health risk information to healthy children and their parents.