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Participant, Adverse Drug Event Research Group

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Open to Indigenous patient partners across BC

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Vancouver Coastal Health is going to be testing a clinical adverse drug event reporting platform in upcoming years. This platform could eventually be used to transmit a flag to all practitioners in a patient’s circle of care when a patient presents to emergency departments experiencing problems due to their prescribed medications. We are looking for patient partners that identify as Indigenous and take at least one prescribed medication for a chronic medical condition. We need their perspective as we design and implement a randomized control trial to determine the impact of communicating prior adverse drug events on patients’ future health. It is currently unclear whether assigning labels to patients would be helpful (i.e. by encouraging them to access the best treatment for them) or detrimental to them (i.e., by creating barriers to access for needed therapies).

The patient partner would help to inform the design and implementation of the trial as well as the interpretation and dissemination of the results. Weekly meetings will be held at Vancouver General Hospital but virtual participation can be arranged (teleconference/ online).

All background materials relevant to this initiative can be found on our website:


Amber Cragg
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia

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It has been so rewarding to go from an idea to working with such a great group of dedicated people from so many different organizations towards a very fun and rewarding project. Several extremely engaged PVN members expressed interest in being part of piloting a patient virtual care peer support system. I am confident that this is the beginning of many more exciting collaborations!