Should I or shouldn’t I: perspectives regarding the decision-making process on stem cell treatments
To further public understanding of regenerative medicine, EuroStemCell has published lay summaries for all articles from the latest Regenerative Medicine special focus issue.
EuroStemCell have launched a digital platform to accompany the publication of the Regenerative Medicine two-part Special Focus Issue entitled “Regenerative Medicine in Society: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”. The platform presents lay summaries of each article in the issue which are freely available to all in order to engage and educate non-experts on the key issues surrounding regenerative medicine.
You can now read the lay summary for the article entitled '‘No one here's helping me, what do you do?’: addressing patient need for support and advice about stem cell treatments' from Claire Tanner, Alan Petersen & Megan Munsie .
Deciphering available information, from both online and other sources, can be difficult for individuals trying to decide whether or not to travel and pay for possible stem cell treatments. Often these individuals seek out advice and guidance from others they perceive to be more knowledgeable on stem cell treatments to help them make their decisions. Interviews conducted by Dr. Claire Tanner and colleagues reveal many of the challenges and frustrations patients, carers and professionals - acting as advisors – experience. They also highlight the need to create better resources and call for one-on-one discussions to better support those contemplating alleged stem cell therapies that are yet to be shown to be safe and effective.
What questions & challenges are raised? What insight and direction does this give for research policies? To find out, read the full lay summary on the EuroStemCell website here:
The full original article can be accessed here:
 ‘No-one here's helping me, what do you do?’: addressing patient need for support and advice about stem cell treatments. Regen. Med. 12(7), 791–801 (2017)..