BMJ Impact Report 2023

Leading the world of medical journals in patient partnerships

Providing increased access to the opinions and perspectives of patients; unfiltered and first hand Patient insights and experiences bring a critical dimension to our work and thinking. We view these partnerships as an ethical imperative, essential for enhancing the quality, safety, value, and sustainability of health systems. 15 Whether in research or education, we collaborate with patient editors, patient and public reviewers, and a patient advisory panel to ensure our content and information are directly relevant to policy making and clinical practice. Our proactive measures to promote patient and public involvement in the co-production of research help us recognise its significant impact on improving healthcare delivery and outcomes. 16 A few journals have embraced patient and public review, but it is The BMJ that continues to lead the way in this important initiative.

87% of research papers first submitted to The BMJ in 2022 and sent out for peer review were also sent to a patient and public reviewer for their opinion

89% of BMJ Best Practice patient leaflets have been reviewed by the patient panel (as at end 2022)

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