OMERACT Patient Research Partner Network


Welcome to the OMERACT Patient Research Partner (PRP) home page!  We are a virtual home for information, resources, education, networking, and new and tested ideas and concepts utilized by patients and researchers interested in patient-centred international rheumatology outcome measurement research.

For updates and recent information please go to the What’s New Section  

Your PRP Leaders,       

Mary Cowern UK, Ingrid de Groot NL, Maarten de Wit NL, Vicki Evans AUS, Jennifer Horonjeff USA, Pam Richards  UK  

Mission & Objectives


OMERACT Patient Research Partners (PRP) support researchers by sharing their lived experience with a rheumatic condition. The PRP network facilitates the effective participation of all PRP's engaged in the OMERACT process.


  • To maintain the leading role of OMERACT in patient-engaged outcomes research.
  • To support sustainable partnerships between researchers and PRP’s by promoting full involvement of PRP’s in OMERACT working groups.
  • To strengthen PRP roles and skills by providing support and education to PRP’s.
  • To create a literate and motivated resource for OMERACT research and knowledge transfer activities.

Patients Add Power to Research Initiatives


  Nobody knows how arthritis changes your life better than the people who have the condition. Recognising this, OMERACT has Patient Research Partners fully integrated into each stage of the OMERACT process from helping to create a research idea to crafting the research implementation plan to identifying and recruiting participants, to helping to interpret results, to helping to write, communicate and disseminate research findings .       

Patient Research Partners Definition


  OMERACT defines a Patient Research Partner (PRP) as a person with a relevant disease who participates or has participated as an active research team member on an equal basis with professional researchers, thus adding the value of experiential knowledge to a research project. PRPs are not just a focus group or research subjects, but full members of the research team. Working groups are encouraged to be reach out and to create equal opportunities for PRPs to participate to their interest level or capacity in research activities throughout the year. PRPs who attend the biennial OMERACT meetings have full voting rights equal to the research professionals present.  

What’s New


 This years’ OMERACT meeting took place in Terrigal, a beautiful town, close to Sydney and situated along the east coast of Australia. Eleven experienced and six new PRP's participated in several Special Interest Groups and Workshops, most around core domain sets and one around the assessment of two instruments for Psoriatic Arthritis. This instrument workshop for the first time presented data collected through the new OMERACT Filter 2.1. 

 I know that’s important to researchers from the medical side, but from the patient’s side this is what’s really important to me, so how do we meet in the middle ? (Patient, Canada)