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Category: Improving Health Care

How a Patient Partner Helped Improve Medical Imaging in Kelowna

The staff in the medical imaging department at Kelowna General Hospital knew that the ultrasound experience for both patients and staff could be improved. In the spring of 2018, they held a Rapid Process Improvement Workshop to identify potential improvements. In the workshop, participants identified and worked through rapid…

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Patient Engagement in Northern Health

Northern Health is learning and growing in its capacity to engage with patient partners. In this blog post, we reflect on our patient engagement experiences with PVN and share key lessons learned. We are pleased with the developments that have occurred and look forward to continuing to grow our…

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Reconnection and Patient Engagement During COVID-19 – Island Health

December 4 – Regional Round-Up Heraclitus once said, “Nothing endures but change” (5th century B.C.), but it could have been said today with equal accuracy. Back in March, the B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, the activities of patient…

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PVN 10th Anniversary Story: Derek Koch on Connecting Early and Often

In our PVN 10th Anniversary blog, our health care partner Derek Koch, Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead at Kelowna General Hospital talks about how his team is making the patient experience a priority. 1. Can you tell us why you wanted patient partner(s) involved? The bottom…

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PVN 10-Year Anniversary: Nursing Students Evaluate the Results of Patient Engagement in Health Care

As we celebrate our 10th anniversary throughout 2020, we’ll look back at engagement opportunities over the years to understand how patient engagement has impacted BC’s health care. In this post, our engagement leader Carol Stathers highlights a project with nursing students to evaluate the health care and patient partners’ perspectives through our Closing the Loop Process.

Continue reading… Celebrating a decade of the Patient Voices Network
UBC Peer Navigation Program Offers Guidance and Support for Prostate Cancer Patients

Cancer treatment involves decisions and effects that often overwhelm and scare patients. To help in these delicate moments, the UBC School of Population and Public Health created a peer navigation program to match prostate cancer survivors as peer supporters for patients undergoing treatment. In this blog post, Dr. Arminée Kazanjian tells us more about the TrueNTH Prostate Cancer Peer Navigation Program:

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PVN Members Launch the First Patient-Led Podcast about Patient-Oriented Research

We’re excited – and proud! – to announce that patient partners Lisa Ridgway and Beverley Pomeroy have launched the first patient-led podcast on patient-oriented research. They’ll use their experience to host conversations with health care researchers and academics, health care decision-makers and other patient partners. In this post, Lisa talks about their motivation to create the podcast and how you can participate.

Continue reading… Bev Pomeroy and Lisa Ridgway.Creators of SPORcast podcast BC.2019
Successful Partnerships: A Patient Partner’s Experience in Health Research

We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week 2019 and thrilled to see all the amazing results of patient partners’ work across the province! One of them is Lisa Ridgway, from Victoria, who is participating in patient-oriented research to help improve mental health care in BC. Read her post to learn more about her experience.

Continue reading… Lisa Ridgway working with Dr. Raquel Romay-Tallon on the biomarkers project in Dr. Caruncho's lab at UVIC.2019
Quality Award Winner Update: Delia Cooper Brings People with Chronic Conditions Together

PVN Patient Partner Delia Cooper won the Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice Award in the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s 2017 Quality Awards. Delia was recognized for her dedicated volunteerism supporting those with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Quality Award winners each receive a $2,500 sponsorship…

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