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Participant, Abbotsford Regional Hospital Hip & Knee Replacement Focus Group

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

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Recently, the Government of British Columbia announced a funding increase for hip & knee surgeries across the province. In Fraser Health, that translates to a 23% increase in the region. In preparation for this expansion of services, Abbotsford Regional Hospital is seeking patient input into their current services and opportunities for enhancement to improve the patient experience.

Open to: Patient partners from Fraser Health communities

Lead Organization or Department

Surgery Program, Abbotsford Regional Hospital - Fraser Health


  • Ensure patient advisor concerns and aspirations are considered in the development of process, practice and patient education for hip & knee surgery at Abbotsford Regional Hospital
  • Have patients provide feedback that enhances the patients’ experience
  • Health care partners hope to gain a better understanding of the patients’ experience through the surgical journey

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


This invitation is being extended to volunteers in the Fraser Area who have experienced hip or knee surgery services at Abbotsford Regional Hospital


  • Vacancies: 6
  • Date/Time: one two-hour focus group at the end of June, date/time to be determined with the patient partners
  • Location: Abbotsford Regional Hospital


Preapproved 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).


What: The Abbotsford hip/knee replacement service are expanding and evaluating their current services to implement necessary improvements prior to the expansion. The evaluation is focused on patient education, communication, and key points of transition (such as discharge, rehabilitation, and follow-up). Who is involved: Key stakeholders include orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation (Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist), registered nurses, clinical nurse educators, and the unit manager.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jami Brown
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Fraser Valley

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.