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Interviewee, Patient Engagement in Primary Health Care Teams Policy Development

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Help Primary Health Care (PHC) Teams Policy Project in improving the integrated health system for patients with complex needs living in BC! This research study will conduct interviews with patients with two or more chronic health conditions and their family members or caregivers to understand their involvement in policy development/implementation in team-based care in PHC settings.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan


The goal of this phase of the study is to understand if and how patients, family members and caregivers are involved in building and applying policies related to primary health care teams.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


• Patient living in BC • 19 years old and over • Have two or more chronic health conditions • See two or more health care providers in the community that work together in a team • Caregiver (significant other, family member, friend) that lives in BC and provides care for a patient as described above living in BC Note: You must be fluent in English or French; that is, you must be able to understand and communicate (speak and/or write) in English or French and understand the consent form that we provide you. If you do not understand or speak English or French, you can have a caregiver translate for you at the interview.


Vacancies: 10 Location, date, time and frequency:
  • Time to participate: 45-60 minutes for the interview
  • Telephone interviews will be completed by phone at a time convenient for you


There are no reimbursable expenses anticipated with this opportunity.


This opportunity is part of a larger study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. The interviews are part of a larger study being completed in four provinces in Canada including British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Ontario (ON), and Quebec (QC). The purpose of conducting the interview is to improve health services integration for adults with two or more chronic health conditions in primary health care settings. The results will provide us with important information on primary health care teams and integration of health services. The patient partner will be asked questions about their experience as a patient or caregiver in building and applying policies for primary health care teams. They will also be asked if and how they would like to be involved in these activities. We do not think there are any risks to participating in this study beyond those that you experience in your daily life. You will be asked to sign a consent form that provides additional information about the interview and the research study. You do not have to answer all the questions if you do not want to and if you have any concerns you can talk to the research assistant or contact the researcher when discussing participation in this opportunity. Terms of Reference.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region

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Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.