The comments of concerned patients, contacted, for example, via patients’ associations, or of lay people may be useful for drug bulletins, even if the bulletins are aimed at health professionals. If an article does not answer patients’ questions adequately, it will be less useful for the clinicians who provide them with care. The opinions of patients or lay people can also be useful in selecting and outlining topics for articles.
When a bulletin is written for a consumer audience, having experienced patients review the articles can be very useful.
Family members of editors sometimes act as reviewers when resources are scarce. Their input on readability, coherence and relevance of the article can be very valuable.