When looking at why we should make certain changes to improve health and care, personal stories will convince some people of the benefits of a change, whilst data and evidence will convince others.

Co-production is the process where patients and health care professionals work together to develop services. There are many stories from both patients and health and care professionals of how co-production has led to improved services and a better experience for all – but what is the evidence for this?

In this insightful blog, David Gilbert, Patient Leader and Director of InHealth Associates, lists seven benefits of co-production, looks at the impacts of co-production, and sets out why patients should be regarded as true partners for change.