The WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in the Patient Perspective on Medicines Use

The centre's main goal is to help solve the many challenges in implementing rational use of medicines. These challenges include issues as patient’s lack of adherence with medicine regimes and inappropriate self-medication. Stakeholders need to assess and understand causes of these issues in their own country and will be provided with tools and techniques to rapidly gauge the patient perspective.

Face made out of pills

Research focus

The center has three main goals in the next four years:

1) To develop training materials in English for member states. A collection of online written materials in English will be compiled and made accessible to the member states on SCP webpage; 2) To assist WHO by conducting trainings focusing in assessing the patient perspective on medicines use; 3) Support WHO to develop strategies involving patient empowerment through raising the awareness and knowledge about the patient perspective on medicines.

“Currently, the patient’s perspective is highly prioritized by regulatory and HTA bodies as well as by the pharmaceutical industry. No policy or intervention to promote rational use of medicines will be successful unless the patient perspective is acknowledged, understood and integrated. It is therefore important to develop quality training materials that will be used to assist WHO member states in collecting and analyzing qualitative data related to the patient perspective on medicines” says Professor Anna Birna Almarsdóttir, one of the leaders of the center.


Staff at the WHO Collaborating Centre