Our Work with Patient Organisations
Patient organisations provide important support and information for the general public. They represent patient views and campaign for change on issues that affect the lives of patients and those that care for them. Patient groups often advocate on behalf of patients’ interests and help them to communicate their concerns. Some also carry out vital research into the causes and potential treatments for specific conditions.
In Ireland, we work with a wide range of patient organisations in disease areas such as asthma, cancer, diabetes and migraine. In 2013, we provided support to AIDS West, the Asthma Society of Ireland, the Marie Keating Foundation and the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, amongst others. We are proud to work with these organisations to better the outcomes for their members. GSK and patient groups share a common concern, namely that the healthcare system should focus on treating and managing disease and ensuring patients have access to quality information and support for their illness. Our interest in patient advocacy is about supporting the voice of patients and ensuring a comprehensive healthcare debate, where all stakeholders’ views are brought to the fore.
Each year GSK publishes a summary of its activities with patient organisations.