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Background Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), have supported high quality Rheumatology research which have now been successfully curated into widely endorsed evidence-based recommendations and guidelines. However, uptake and applicability of guidelines is less than optimal, significant variation exist in care, and health and socio-economic burdens attributed to rheumatic conditions continues to rise, suggesting an implementation challenge. Objectives We conducted a rapid review to investigate the role of PPI in guideline implementation. Methods A comprehensive search for relevant literature was undertaken (three databases - Medline, Embase, Cinahl, and two large repositories -WHO, G-IN). A priori eligibility criteria and systematic review-based methods were used to identify primary studies with explicit reference to PPI involvement in a rheumatic/musculoskeletal - MSK guideline implementation activity. Extracted data from included studies was interrogated for details regarding activities, contexts, outcomes, and impact of PPI in guidelines implementation and further discussed in review project meetings. Findings were brought together in a narrative synthesis. Recommendations for future research and practice, and a conceptual framework for PPI in Rheumatic and MSK guidelines implementation were co-developed with a public contributor. Results Ten papers were included, only 1 from the global south. A prevalence of consultative PPI activities in guidelines dissemination (e.g., language translations, patient versions) was found. Few studies explicitly report high-level PPI engagement in relation to care pathway adjustments, care commissioning, institutional operations and policy with a view to MSK guideline implementation. Training, development, and practice of PPI in MSK guideline implementations were not evidenced to have spread much beyond Europe and are also not well reported in literature nor rightly accrued as PPI activities in guideline implementation. The alliance framework (Figure 1) highlighting an iterative process of “creative thinking/co-production” and “strategic doing” helps to conceptualise PPI in MSK guideline implementation. The framework guides knowledge translation from guidelines to real world practice and aims to drive quality improvement for MSK care with patients, for patients, across and within care settings globally.


Babatunde, O., Dawson, S., Adebajo, A., & Dziedzic, K. (2022). CONCEPTUALISING PATIENT AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN MUSCULOSKELETAL GUIDELINES IMPLEMENTATION: THE ALLIANCE FRAMEWORK. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 81(S1), 127 - 127.

Journal Article Type Article
Conference Name EULAR 2022 European Congress of Rheumatology - 1-4 June
Conference Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Acceptance Date May 23, 2022
Publication Date Jun 1, 2022
Journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Print ISSN 0003-4967
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 81
Issue S1
Pages 127 - 127
Publisher URL