Jan 8
AMccar11 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

AHA Seeking Volunteers in Science

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VOLUNTEER STAKEHOLDERS ARE VITAL TO THE MISSION of the American Heart Association’s research enterprise. Assuring stakeholders are included in research activites:

• Increases the accountability and transparency of the research process.

• Provides real-world understanding of what most impacts those affected by heart disease and stroke.

• Helps shape the research agenda and strengthen its impact on the mission.

• Bridges the gap between scientists and patients.

• Gives voice to the issues stakeholders think are most important.

• Integrates a diverse range of views (researchers, health professionals AND service-user representatives so research becomes more effective.

• Improves understanding of the benefits and burdens of patients in research studies.

• Informs others of the human dimension of research and its outcome.

• Prompts a sense of urgency for finding cures and more effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatments.


• Sharing information learned with the community and family members.

• Gaining an increased awareness and respect for the importance of the research enterprise.

• Demystifying the research process.

• Gaining confidence in the rigor of AHA’s selection of research projects.

• Satisfaction of contributing to a cure for the prevention for heart disease and stroke.

• Awareness that their real-world experience can influence the direction of science.


Elizabeth M. Cooper


Angela McCarty




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