Participant, Patient and Family Engagement in BC Critical Care Focus Group

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Would you like to help set priorities for improving patient and family engagement in critical care across the province? The BC Critical Care Services Executive Committee is looking for patient partners to discuss patient and family engagement in intensive care and high acuity units at both a direct care and systems level. Share your thoughts and ideas in a two-hour group discussion over videoconference.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Date
20210117

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to help set priorities for improving patient and family engagement in critical care across the province? The BC Critical Care Services Executive Committee is looking for patient partners to discuss patient and family engagement in intensive care and high acuity units at both a direct care and systems level. Share your thoughts and ideas in a two-hour group discussion over videoconference.

Lead Organization/Department

BC Critical Care Services Executive Committee, Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses – BC Chapter

Aim

We are inviting Patient Partners to a group discussion about patient and family engagement in intensive care and high acuity units in BC. The goal of the discussion is to get Patient Partner perspectives on what is already happening and look for ways to improve. This is part of an environmental scan of patient and family engagement in critical care units in BC. The goal is to identify opportunities to improve and set priorities for meaningful patient and family engagement in critical care units. Your ideas and information will be shared with the BC Critical Care Services Executive Committee, a group of nurses, doctors, and decision makers who help to set priorities across critical care in BC.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility

Open to Patient Partners across the province who:
• Have experience as a patient or family member with an intensive care unit or high acuity unit in BC within the last 5 years
• Are comfortable sharing thoughts and ideas in a focus group setting involving 4-5 other Patient Partners and 2 facilitators
• Have access to and are comfortable using technology to join online meetings via Zoom

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell

Logistics

• Number of vacancies: 10-20
• Date and Time: Focus groups will be held in January 2021, exact date and time to be determined. Each participant will attend one focus group discussion for a duration of 2hrs
• Location: Online via Zoom
• Commitment: One time

Reimbursement

If you would like to participate in this opportunity, but have concerns about your internet provider and data limit, please contact Cassy Mitchell at cmitchell@bcpsqc.ca otherwise no expenses are anticipated.

Background

The BC Critical Care Services Executive Committee completed a survey of current practices of patient and family engagement in intensive care and high acuity units in August 2020. The survey revealed significant variety in practices across the province with differences in the challenges and facilitators to engagement at both a direct care and systems level.

The Committee is inviting Patient Partners to group discussions about patient and family engagement in intensive care and high acuity units in BC. This information will be used to identify opportunities for improvement and help set priorities for the Committee to focus on.   The goal of the discussion is to understand patient and family perspectives on what is already happening, provide an opportunity to generate new ideas and for Patient Partners to reflect on the survey results from their perspective.

Participants will be asked to read a 1-page summary of the survey findings which will be provided at least two weeks before the focus group discussion. The discussion will be recorded and transcribed so the project team can review the participants’ responses. Personal information or stories shared in the focus groups will be kept confidential and identifying words or details (e.g. a person’s name) will be removed from the transcripts to ensure the privacy of the Patient Partners. The project team will anonymize and summarise the discussions in order to share what is learned with the BC Services Executive Committee. A final report will be created to share with Patient Partners and health care professionals.

Talking about experiences in critical care can be difficult. Patient Partners may choose not to answer some questions. Members of the project team will be available for individual follow up or debriefing if requested.

Interested?

Open to patient partners across the province

If you have additional questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact:

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement
250.279.0717
cmitchell@bcpsqc.ca

Deadline
January 17, 2021