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Category: My Experience

Word in the Network: Insights from Don Grant

Patient Partner Don Grant shares some insights through his ‘pandemic road trip’ as he talks about his involvement with PVN and ideas for creating a central repository of shared resources to reduce duplication and enhance person- and family-centred care. My Pandemic Road Trip I’m a senior who cycles a lot…

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PVN 10th Anniversary Spotlight: Terri McKinlay

In this month’s PVN 10th anniversary story, patient partner Terri McKinlay shares how she and her family, when faced with her daughter Rylee’s struggles with an eating disorder, channelled their family’s pain into a voice for positive change. Through PVN, they have been able to share their experience and contribute…

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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.

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PVN Spotlight: PVN Member Pamela Jessen

I moved to Vancouver Island, BC from Alberta in 2013 and discovered the Patient Voices Network that October. As a person with disabilities, I was interested in discovering how I could have an impact on health care in BC, so I attended an orientation session to find out more.

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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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A Patient Partner Remembers: Sharing Her Husband’s Story to Prevent Others from Suffering

As a palliative patient, Sally Rosevear’s husband passed away at home without comfort measures, emotional support or assistance with personal care, despite her efforts to get him the best treatment possible. She decided to share their story to improve health care and help prevent other patients from experiencing what she and her husband went through.

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Congrats to Betty Murray and Wendy Alston: Leaders in Advancing the Patient Voice in BC

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council revealed the winners of its 2020 Quality Awards, and we’re thrilled to have our patient partners Betty Murray and Wendy Alston as the winner and runner-up of the Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice category! We’re also happy to see amazing projects that contributed to improving the quality of care. Learn more about them in this post!

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