Patient Organizations (Patient Advocacy Groups)
Patient Advocacy Groups (PAGs) are organizations that promote the needs and priorities of patients. This could include supporting research for a specific disease, promoting awareness of a disease, and educating the community about a disease, among other activities. Most patient advocacy groups represent one or a few specific diseases.
One feature of the RDCRN is the direct involvement of PAGs in network operations, activities, and strategy. Each rare disease research group (consortium) in the network includes relevant PAGs in consortium membership and activities. These PAG representatives advise the researchers within their consortium by joining network-level discussions and meetings. The RDCRN PAGs consist of PAGs directly affiliated with an RDCRN consortium, and collectively represent the perspective and interests of patients with rare diseases.
How do I find a patient organization if I don’t know the rare diseases research group?
You can find out the rare diseases research group with our rare disease search tool, which will also provide you a list of the available patient organizations.