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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
Detecting early health decline in residential care residents plays a critical role in interventions that improve residents quality of life. Fraser Health has implemented a one-page tool, PREVIEW-ED©, that only takes 8-15 seconds to administer as part of regular health care duties and is seeking two patient partners to join their advisory committee. This committee aims to increase and monitor the use of the new tool across all residential care sites in Fraser Health.
Open to: Patient partners in Fraser Health communities
Lead Organization or DepartmentFraser Health, Residential Care
AimPatient partners will provide advice on PREVIEW-ED© including sustainability, performance, outcomes and communication, and how that impacts patients and families.
Level of EngagementThis opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.
EligibilityPatient partners, including care givers or family members, who have experience with residential care. If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.
- Vacancies: 2
- Commitment: Initially meetings will be monthly with the plan to change to quarterly or at the call of the Chair. One meeting a year will be in person.
- Time/date: To be confirmed once patient partners are confirmed
- Location: Via telephone and Central City, Surrey
ReimbursementPreapproved expenses related to travel to in person meetings will be reimbursed according to the Fraser Health Travel policy (including mileage, parking, tolls and/or public transit).
BackgroundPREVIEW-ED© is an innovative screening tool, developed by Marilyn El Bestawi. It helps staff in residential care (RC) detect early health decline among residents related to four conditions: pneumonia, urinary tract infections, dehydration and congestive heart failure. The tool measures the signs, symptoms and severity of nine indicators using a simple scale that allows users to score each indicator and generate an aggregate score to quantify the change. The one-page tool takes between 8-15 seconds to administer by personal support workers or care aides as part of their regular duties. Care aides and personal support workers comprise more than 70 percent of the staffing in RC homes, provide the majority of the direct care and are ideally positioned to notice the subtle changes in the health status of a resident. If the resident’s condition is normal for them, the tool score is zero. If the score is greater than zero, a registered staff member is informed and intervenes as needed, guided by an escalation path included with the tool.
Engagement Leader Contact Information
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley