In 2007, shiftN was invited by the King Baudouin Foundation to assist in mapping the current debate on patient participation in health care policy. A wide range of stakeholders – including patient representatives, medical professionals, care managers, health insurers and policy makers - was involved in an inductive process of consultation based on individual interviews and group discussions. It transpired that patient participation was framed in distinct ways by different groups of stakeholders. In its analysis shiftN clearly identified a number of different discourses around participation.
These insights then formed the basis for a broader interaction with the stakeholders in a series of dialogues with the aim to identify a range of proposals to reinforce patient participation.