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Knowledge Translation Project – Streamline the Colorectal Cancer Biopsy Procedure to Reduce the Turnaround Time for Molecular Testing



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across BC


The GI and Pathology teams at St. Paul’s Hospital are working on a project to improve the turnaround time for the reporting of molecular tests in patients with newly diagnosed metastatic colon cancer. Molecular tests use tissue samples to check for certain genes and can be used to optimize treatment plans and improve clinical outcomes for some patients. Rapid turnaround times for reporting of molecular tests are also important in order to effectively use these results in care planning for colorectal cancer patients.

Type of Engagement:

• Work with the project team to develop patient educational materials (e.g., handouts, brochures, etc.) with information about rapid molecular testing. These education materials will be used before and after patient appointments.
• Provide input and feedback on the design of educational materials.

• Experience with educational material development is preferable.

Time commitment:

• This project will run for a year.
• 1-2 Zoom meetings – approximately 1 hour for each meeting
• The team may ask patient partner to communicate outside of meeting times by email.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Consult on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Previous committee/working group experience
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cherry Galorport Research Coordinator, Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology | Providence Health Care (604) 806-9440

From Our Community

Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.