Public engagement in Health Care and Research: the COMENSUS program

The ProGReSS project dialogue with stakeholders committed to a responsible and societally desirable model of research and innovation continues with a case study that presents the activity of the COMENSUS program (Community Engagement Service User Support), a service user/carer-led initiative, based at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Comensus case study Progress Final

Engaging citizens and the public at large is paramount in the making of the future EU research and innovation strategy, and their involvement cannot happen without the work and support of civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In this report we give an overview of the multiple initiatives and projects that the COMENSUS program focuses on with the main aim to guarantee that, at all stages of the research process, the public is more valued within research that informs professional practice, not only as producers of clinical/experiential knowledge but as active contributors to and partners in research.