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Participant, Interior Health Patient Engagement Project

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Interior region

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Patient engagement is so important! Through phone and in-person individual interviews, we want to think about engagement methods and approaches where people feel safe. Learn from people when they feel they can safely share their idea, and can well-articulate their needs, wishes and desires in group situations over time. Also help spread examples of interesting, innovative practice from around the Interior Health region, including certain underrepresented socio-economic groups.

Open to: Patient partners in the Interior region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health - Research


This study is done to develop and steward relationships with people and families, community, researchers, clinicians, policy makers, decision makers, and others to facilitate the engagement of people and community at all levels of the engagement spectrum in the Interior Health system. Purpose: We want to better understand patient engagement activity, from the perspectives of patients and other stakeholders, to better prepare to better engage in research and quality improvement. Role of the patient partner: You are being invited to respond to a simple survey administered online via a secure platform. Answering individual questions is optional. You are then, if you are still interested, invited to participate in this study because you have volunteered in patient engagement activity for quality improvement or research projects in the Interior Health system. You have important insights that may help us learn how to offer better supports that assist patients and researchers in health research and policy development.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


  • Over 18 years old; engaged (with or as) a patient or public member within the last 3 years;
  • Available to share your experience


  • Vacancies: unlimited
  • Location, date, time and frequency: Patient partners can participate from their home or other preferred location. Meeting conference or interview can be online, in-person, or using personal platforms such as Skype, Zoom and so on.



There are no anticipated expenses for this opportunity.


Do you have an important story to tell about patient engagement in research, system evaluation, or quality improvement project in the Interior Health system? Are you keen to help spread examples of interesting, innovative engagement practice in the BC health care sector? The Patient Engagement Project is a research about engagement arrangements and the personal experiences of patients, care givers, community members, staff, policy makers, decision makers, and researchers in patient and public engagement activity across the Interior Health system. Patient involvement in projects (health care quality improvement and health research) is not a new idea, but investments, requirements and incentives for doing this are new. Despite best intentions in Interior Health, it is unclear how to best involve diverse patients and how work together is actually working within quality improvement- and research practices in this setting. This is what we study.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Karin Maiwald

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Laura Palmer

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!