Lessons from public engagement as part of pandemic response

Facilitating discussion and better understanding between science and community via public engagement was the focus of the ECCMID 2022 symposium “COVID-19 beyond the clinic: the importance of public engagement”. This visual summary highlights the benefits of public engagement in health and explores how we can better utilize it in future pandemics.

ECCMID 2022 references:

Public engagement in COVID-19: pros and cons from the front line. Yazdan Yazdanpanah (France). Presented at ECCMID 2022 on 23 April 2022.

Additional references:

Gilmore B, Ndejjo R, Tchetchia A, et al. Community engagement for COVID-19 prevention and control: a rapid evidence synthesis. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Oct;5(10):e003188. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003188

Kemper S, Bongers M, Slok E, et al. Patient and public engagement in decision-making regarding infectious disease outbreak management: an integrative review. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 Nov;6(11):e007340. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-007340

Rajan D, Koch K, Rohrer K, et al. Governance of the Covid-19 response: a call for more inclusive and transparent decision-making. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 May;5(5):e002655. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002655