The Patient AdvisoR Team iN Orthopaedic ReSearch (PARTNORS) is a program at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) focused on research about treatment options for patients with advanced knee problems like osteoarthritis. PARTNORS is led by a team of patients, clinicians, and researchers who conduct studies that look at biologic and artificial knee restoration and replacement surgical treatments to better understand issues that impact decision-making, quality, and outcomes.

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Patients provide important insight into the strengths and missing or inadequate information related to advanced knee osteoarthritis care. PARTNORS works to bring the patient perspective into research activities through an advisory team of patient partners.

What is a patient partner?

A patient partner is a link between patients and researchers. Patient partners use their own experiences to work with researchers to develop studies that meet patients’ needs. Patient partners may have many roles. Examples include:

  • Collaborate with researchers to develop patient-centered research questions.
  • Brainstorm ways to recruit patients to participate in a research study.
  • Co-create materials to inform patients about their treatment options and care.
  • Share research occurring at MOI with family, friends and community.

A patient partner is part of the research team and helps the research team plan studies, collect data, and share study results. This is different from a research participant who is enrolled in a study as a research subject and provides information to the research team.


This program was partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EACB-22651).

Educational Resources

What is patient-centered outcomes research? How does the research process work? How can I be an effective partner on a research study?

Check out Research Fundamentals, a free online training for those who are new to health research and want to learn more about the research process. It is a self-paced, on-demand training that explains patient-centered outcomes research in a modular format.

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