Families play a crucial role in ensuring the health and overall well-being of patients of all ages. Accordingly, the health status and behaviors of one family member could positively or negatively impact the health status and behaviors of other family members. Family and patient engagement is firmly embedded into our approach to improved medication use and health outcomes. Our family-centered approach is based on the understanding that families can be a vital source of strength, support, and influence in promoting medication safety and positive health behaviors. Furthermore, this approach recognizes that the perspectives and information provided by families of young and older patients are valuable in preventing and managing health conditions.
Improving medication use and health outcomes requires engagement of key stakeholders throughout the research process. Community engagement is increasingly recognized as a vital component of efforts to ensure medication safety, prevent disease, manage chronic health conditions, expand access to quality healthcare, and achieve health equity. Hence, engaging with stakeholders is imperative to tackling medication-use challenges and health issues of the communities in which we live and work.