The project compares visions on personalized health (PH) of the following three groups of actors:
- researchers whose work opens new perspectives in the area of PH;
- primary-care physicians who deal with the impact of this research in their daily work and, more broadly, in the context of public health;
- citizens, as future “users”, whether or not they are patients or participants in genetic research programs.
Firstly, each sample group will be approached separately to identify their expectations, needs, and the issues they would like to raise. Secondly, the three groups will interact to identify the paths of convergence based on their different points of view and vision. Finally, a forum set over a few days will open the discussion on the various topics that have emerged from the previous stages. These developmental processes will lead to the implementation of interactive tools and propose actions to be carried out by the stakeholders including public, experts, decision makers.
In the era of big-data, conditions for acquiring research consent from patients will become an evolving process in compliance with ethical, legal, and societal requirements. The move towards a new model of consent for research, through to a more interactive, transparent, and dynamic approach, focused on the citizen rather than on the patient, is a prerequisite in fostering public trust. This approach promotes a proactive exchange of information between data providers and users. This transparent and continuous exchange of information aims to strengthen the informational and societal value of research implying a shifting paradigm from a passive research subject to an active, interested, and valued citizen.
Properly informed, citizens will be able to make more independent choices, follow research projects in which their biological resources are used, change their preference settings over time, and feel more engaged in the whole consent process.