Jo's presentation focused on the key patient-centred principles that should inform approaches to the development of the regulation of medical devices as outlined in IAPO's Declaration on Patient-Centred Healthcare; namely those of respect, choice and empowerment, patient involvement in health policy, access and support, and information. The presentation highlighted key questions that the regulatory process should consider such as, 'In the patient's opinion does the technology improve or maintain quality of life?' and, 'Are the risks of side effects of harm acceptable in the patient's view given the benefits?'. Jo concluded that, above all, patient involvement is necessary in all aspects from device development through to regulatory processes in order to improve access to safe, effective and appropriate medical devices.
The panel session included presentations from WHO, regulatory, healthcare professional and industry representatives and was followed by a discussion where the importance of stakeholder engagement and communication was highlighted.
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